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Kashmiri Hand Painted Boxes (Set of 4)

$120.00

Artisans from the north Indian state of Kashmir are renowned for crafting beautiful objects from paper mache and wood. This set of four papier mache boxes are hand-painted with colorful geometric patterns, paired with floral and polka dot patterns in metallic gold, with a small handle to open. The spherical shape makes these boxes perfect for holding jewelry, coins, and other small treasures. 
Dimensions: 4" L, 4" W, 3.75" H
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Papier Mache

The Persian art of papier maché was brought to the Himalayan region of northern India centuries ago. 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.

Papier Mache Artisans

The state of Kashmir is home to thousands of artisans who craft papier maché products for their livelihood. 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.

Shipping & Returns

We charge a flat-rate of $5 to ship any order. And if you spend more than $50, shipping is free! Once your order is received, we'll ship it within 2-3 business days. To return a purchase, visit our returns page (link in footer below) to request a return within 30 days of your purchase. We will provide a prepaid mailing label for item return. Once we receive and process your return, we will deduct the cost of the prepaid label from your refund and return the remaining amount of your original merchandise cost back to the purchase credit card. Original shipping charges will not be refunded.

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