Namda craft – UPSC Prelims

Namda Craft:
  • Namda craft is widely thought to have originated in the 11th century during the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar.
  • Namda craft is a rug made of sheep wool through a felting technique instead of the normal weaving process.
  • Namda Craft is extensively used in Kashmir households for floor covering and mattresses.

Reasons for Decline of Namda Craft
  • Due to the low availability of raw materials, lack of skilled manpower and marketing techniques, the export of Namda craft has declined almost 100% between 1998 and 2008.
Government Initiatives:
  • Ministry of Skill Development is trying to revive this craft using its schemes.
  • The projects will contribute towards preserving and reviving the rich heritage associated with Namda craft in Kashmir.
  • This will also improve the access of existing artisans of Namda crafts cluster in Kashmir and will improve their prospects of employability.

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