Lacquered Kashimiri Papier Mache Wood Beaded Necklace from Fabindia's "Amna" collection.
Papier mache is a delicate decorative art which shows the artistic zeal of a craftsman. This art was introduced in Kashmir in the 15th Century by a Kashmiri Prince who spent years in prison at Samarkand in Central Asia. The art born in the land of Persia was highly favored by Mughal Emperors of 15th and 16th Century.
Layers of pulped paper are applied to a mould with rice water used as a binding agent. The baubles are hand painted using indigenous minerals and vegetable colours where possible. Fine cat-hair brushes are used to bring intricate decorations to life. Traditional designs and the flowers, birds and animals featuring in the artists’ own environment are often featured.