Hand Painted Mini Square Floral Boxes Red Multi

$ 10.00 $ 14.00

The Persian art of papier maché was brought to the Himalayan region of northern India centuries ago. Today the state of Kashmir is home to thousands of artisans who craft papier maché products for their livelihood. Artisans first soak used newspaper for several days until the paper disintegrates, then mixes it with cloth, rice or straw to form a pulp. The mixture is molded, dried and cut into shape. Artisans coat the surface with glue paste, rub it smooth with baked clay, and paste layers of tissue papers. The base color and motifs are all created freehand with non-toxic paints, then burnished and coated with lacquer.

Once known as “Paradise on Earth,” Kashmir suffered a dramatic decline in its once booming tourism industry due to violent territory disputes between India and Pakistan. Industry jobs are scarce and farming is impossible, so most villagers rely on craft production. With our design assistance, training and fair income partnership, this small group has expanded from 6 to 20 artisans. They now have access to new markets and are able to live better lives.

Delicate rings and earrings will fit perfectly in this treasure box hand-painted with colorful floral motifs.

      • Approximately 2 1/2″ W x 2 1/2″ L x 1 1/2″ H
      • Color: Red Multi
      • As is the case with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
      • Handmade in India

 

Handmade Expressions

Handmade Expressions is a sourcing partner for socially and environmentally responsible products. They work with underprivileged and disadvantaged artisans in India and strive to improve their economic and social standing by creating self-sustainable employment following fair trade practices.

They partner with grass-root level NGOs and artisan cooperatives and help them create high quality handmade goods. They empower the artisans with market and fashion information that allow them to create functional products. At the same time, they encourage them to use natural fibers and recycled material wherever possible.