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Kashmir papier-mâché has a history of over 700 years. It has been used to craft paper pulp objects into richly decorated artefacts. Sakhtasazi is the art of making the base structure for which the Sakhta artisans painstakingly convert raw paper pulp into objects of high aesthetic significance. This art form, however, is at risk of being lost in our times. To revive this languishing craft Commitment to Kashmir, has attempted to revolutionise design and market dynamics for the Sakhta craft. Contemporary shapes have been crafted using new moulds and traditional skills. Different ways of surface finishing have been explored with the aim of retaining the texture of the paper in the final product. Chemical free fabric dyes have been used to colour the paper which is then polished with a couple of layers of wax making the product durable. Along with these changes in production, there is a much needed change in perception of the Saktha artisan who has been a hidden force in carrying this rich tradition forward. CtoK endeavours to bring a new life to Sakhtasazi by bringing these artisans to the foreground.
CtoK’s workshop on Sakhtasazi on 15th Feb’2020 aims to provide a platform to discuss Sakhtasazi and showcase the work done by the artisans. In this workshop participants can learn more about this traditional art form, interact with the designer and watch a Sakhtasaz bring raw paper pulp to life. CtoK welcomes you to participate in a talk and live demonstration of Sakhtasazi by traditional artisan from Kashmir.
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