Capacity building workshop for copper artisans held in Kashmir Haat

Srinagar- A capacity building program was organized on Saturday for the artisans of the Srinagar Copperworks in Kashmir Haat.

The event was organized in coordination with the Directorate of Handicrafts and Hand Weaving (DHH) Kashmir and the PHDCCI-Kashmir, under the support of the Department of Commerce-Ministry of Trade and Industry, Government of India .

In a two-day capacity building program for artisans of Copperware of Srinagar, artisans of Copperware participated in the program and gained knowledge and awareness on design development, quality improvement, trade electronics, digital marketing and the importance of packaging for Copperware.

Speaking on the occasion, Director of Handicrafts and Hand Weaving of Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah said that Kashmir is a place with rich intangible cultural heritage including traditional handicrafts. Due to globalization processes, many of these traditions need safeguarding measures, including those aimed at transmitting this heritage to future generations.

In this regard, PHDCCI and the Department of Crafts and Hand Weaving are launching a series of capacity building programs on traditional crafts, design and entrepreneurship. The capacity building activity aims to safeguard, develop and promote the intangible cultural heritage of Kashmir and, in particular, traditional handicrafts.

In addition, the main objective of the trainings is to improve the economic and social well-being of local communities, including women and young people, by creating sustainable income-generating opportunities for them.

He further added that copperware known as Traam had been a staple in Kashmir for centuries and artists associated with the art form of copperware had previously faced tremendous discouragement and it is for this reason that the department has taken the necessary measures to preserve this craft. and artisans were informed that the department is launching the hologram-based tagging mechanism on handmade copper items, which will certify the authenticity of copper items while promoting the electronic platform for handcrafted copper products.

Copperware craftsmen have been assured that the department will solve the problems faced by craftsmen, namely marketing, labeling, registration, company formation, raw material purity and unhealthy competition with machine-made products in Copperware.

On the occasion, the Director of Handicrafts and Handicrafts of Kashmir distributed the registration certificates to the craftsmen of the Srinagar brassware.

Copperware artisans were also invited to visit the design school of Mrs. Shahena Bhat Designer School of Designs, where they observed the new copper design pattern and various patterns prepared and designed by the design school were shared with craftsmen. Craftsmen have been told to visit the design school often for the latest designs and improving the quality of your products.

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