Pilot Project Revive Namda Craft

A pilot project to revive the Namda craft of Kashmir was launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Abhinaya M

Updated: Dec 02, 2021 11:20:04 am

02 December 2021 Current Affairs:A pilot project to revive the Namda craft of Kashmir was launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Highlights:
  • The project was Inaugurated under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0.
  • It is to be achieved in twenty-five batches trained in three cycles, and each training cycle will last for three and a half months.
  • The project will benefit 2,250 people by enhancing the learning of the people through Recognition of Prior Learning.
  • Due to a lack of experienced workforce and low availability of raw material, the export of Namda craft has reduced by 100% between 1998 and 2008.
Namda craft
  • Namda is a rug produced by sheep wool crafted by a felting technique instead of the normal weaving process. 
  • Namda craft is mainly used to make floor pieces and make mattresses, and bed covers.
  • Every Kashmiri household, rich or poor, has a culture of sitting on the floor. And the floor becomes extremely cold in winter. This is why Namda craft developed in Kashmir.
Making:
  • Wool is evenly spread in a thick layer of grass or jute mat. The mat is then rolled tightly. 
  • The rolled mat is then tied up with a rope and compressed by rolling to and fro on the floor, and the rolling is done by using hands and legs and goes for an hour. 
  • During rolling, the fibre fuses and the rope is then untied, and the mat is unrolled. 
  • The plain Namda is then hand embroidered, but for a patterned Namda, the craftsmen felt the design into the Namda fibre itself.
  • The Namda market is initially located in the Baramulla, Rainwari and Anantnag areas of Kashmir. 
  • Europe and Japan are the most attractive shipping destinations of Namda. Namda is also done in Tonk in Rajasthan.
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