In the first are attempting of its variety, a Kashmir-based artisan Maqbool Ahmad Dar has become the first artist from Jammu and Kashmir to weave a carpet with the form of the ‘National Flag’ of India. Dar, who hails from the Ashtangoo village of Bandipora district, earns his livelihood from the carpet exchange. He created the form with an aim to uplift his artwork as neatly as his exchange, which saw a drastic tumble as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talking to ANI, Dar talked about, “I left college after seventh long-established as my family used to be struggling as a consequence of the monetary disaster. Attributable to this truth, at an early age, I made up my mind to become a carpet artisan. It took me one 365 days to be taught the abilities. My maternal uncle helped me to be taught the basics of carpet weaving.”
He extra added that it has been round 25 years since Maqbool has been weaving carpets and used to be very ‘ecstatic’ alongside with his work. Nonetheless, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the final Kashmir valley at the side of his exchange badly. “All the way through that time, the tourism exchange used to be in nefarious shape. The recount used to be so unsuitable that my family used to be struggling for traditional food”, he added.
Dar went on as a way to add that his trouble gave him the hope of trying one thing inventive after which he made up our minds to prepare a particular and numerous carpet that comprises the National Flag.
“I got an thought to prepare a particular and numerous carpet with a national flag form. It’s a logo of patriotism and esteem in direction of the nation that triggered me to weave the Indian tricolour (Tiranga) on a carpet,” he added.
Not correct that, he also got appreciation and suggestions for his initiative as he renowned that there may perchance be a beget to promote ‘Kashmiri’ carpets.
A manufacturing company vulnerable to signal an MOU with Dar: IICT Director
Particularly, Dar also talked about that he got the enhance of the Indian Institute of Carpet Skills (IICT) which helped him to flourish in his exchange.
Zubair Ahmad, a Director Indian institute of carpet technology confirmed the identical and talked about, “Yes we beget got a role in Maqbool Ahmad Dar’s work. But he himself came to us and talked about he desired to scheme a tricolour form carpet. It’s my glimpse that a producing company will also signal MOU with Dar within the coming days so as that they’d well glean long-established work from Dar. And this may perchance occasionally well perchance also honest additionally support him to flourish in his exchange,” ANI reported.