Minister for Finance and Culture, Dr Haseeb Drabu today visited Kashmir Haat here to take on-the-spot review of the facilities available to the local artisans at the market.
The Minister went around the stalls and also visited the Craft Museum. Interacting with the artisans, the Minister said that the traditional arts and crafts symbolize the treasured cultural heritage and splendid civilization of Jammu and Kashmir which need to be preserved and promoted in a big way.
He called for innovation and better packaging of the local craft items to boost their marketability and ensure better returns.
Dr Drau, according to an official statement, said that Kashmir handicraft is known throughout the world for its artistic work and grandeur. "The vast cultural and ethnic diversity of Kashmir has enabled a variety of motifs, techniques and crafts to flourish on this land," he said, adding that the Kashmir handicraft is in tune with its age-old splendid civilization, which has been perfected over centuries. "Be it Kashmiri carpets, shawls, paper machie or any other craft, it is only the Kashmiri artisan who can perfectly carve out the master pieces of Kashmiri art and craft," he said.
The Minister announced that special traditional Kashmiri Food Stalls would be setup inside Kashmir Haat at Iftaar during Ramadhan.
artisans highlighted various problems confronting the Kashmiri handicraft including invasion of "fakes and machine-made items." They sought the intervention of the Minister in preventing the traditional Kashmiri art from going into oblivion.