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Kashmir papier-mâché

Kashmiri papier-mâché is a handicraft of Kashmir that was brought by Muslims saint Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani from Persia in the 14th century to medieval India. It is based primarily on paper pulp, and is a richly decorated, colourful artifact; generally in the form of vases, bowls, or cups (with and without metal rims), boxes, trays, bases of lamps, and many other small objects. These are made in homes, and workshops, in Srinagar, and other parts of the Kashmir Valley, and are marketed primarily within India, although there is a significant international market


Papier-mâche is the French word for "chewed paper", which is a standard English loan word, for objects made by moulding paper pulp in various shapes. Then decorating them with designs in various colours. In the figurative sense the word 'papier-mâché' has come to be identified as the art of Kashmir.