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Stone Chiseling In Kashmir – A Dying Art

Written by Nusrat Ali

Video By: Afroza Mahed | Article By: Nusrat Ali

In Kashmir the art of stone carving has a long history of centuries, people used to carve stones into sculptors. The stone even used presently known as Devri stone is an impure lime stone extracted from earth at various parts of the Kashmir. The stone is soft in its nature and gives white appearance after carving. The stone can be molded to any form or shape. It all depends upon the patience and experience of the moulder to turn a simple work into an artistic work.

There are hundreds of families directly earning their livelihood from this work across Kashmir valley. Due to the inception of modern concrete alternatives of warm beds, this art has seen a slight decline in demand. These Artists don’t earn sufficient, to satisfy their livelihood.

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