A great love of Tree of Life is the hand-painted papier mache craft and tableware of Kasmir. In a troubled region, craftsmen continue to earn a good living making and painting boxes, bangles, bowls and other objets d’art. Many of the designs are traditional and celebrate the flora and fauna of Kashmir, which is one of the most beautiful areas we have visited.
More traditional Kashmiri pieces are crafted from paper pulp. The brightly coloured Kashmiri boxes that we have sold since the beginning are crafted from this process. To create them, recycled paper is soaked in water for 8 days to get rid of any ink. The paper pulp is moulded into the desired shape and slowly dried in the sun for a few days.
Members of the Tree of Life journeyed to Kashmir in 2022 and were happy to find care, courtesy and contentment in their suppliers' establishment. Kashmir is a beautiful mountainous region in India surrounded by the great Himalayas. Srinagar, where we source our products, is the main city known for its beautiful Dal Lake. Dal Lake is famous for its ornate house boats and its popular early morning floating markets.