Namda Arts

The Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has flagged off the first batch of Namda Art products for export to the United Kingdom (UK).

Key Points

  • The Namda craft of Kashmir is being successfully revived under a Skill India’s Pilot Project as part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)
  • Nearly 2,200 candidates from six districts of Jammu and Kashmir have received training in this traditional art form.
  • Six areas of Kashmir, specifically Srinagar, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Budgam, and Anantnag.
  • The project, implemented in collaboration with local industry partners, showcases the power of public-private partnerships in driving skill development and economic growth.

What is Namda Art?

  • Namda craft is a rug made of sheep wool through felting technique instead of normal weaving process.
  • They are felted rugs that are made by enmeshing wool fibers with water, soap and pressure and then embroidering the resultant fabric.
  • These are extensively used in Kashmiri households as an effective and inexpensive floor covering and mattress.
  • It is said to have begun in the 16th century when Mughal Emperor Akbar wanted to get a covering for his horses to protect them from the cold.
  • It was introduced by a Sufi saint named Shah-e-Hamdan to Kashmiris.
  • It is practised as a craft in several cultures, especially in the countries throughout Asia, viz. Iran, Afghanistan and India.


  • It is usually a sandwich of many layers of wool flattened over each other.
  • After a layer is spread, it is sprinkled homogeneously with water and pressed with a tool known as ‘pinjra’ (woven willow wicker).
  • Unique themes and floral patterns provide the themes for these masterpieces and flowers and leaves, buds and fruits are the essence of the designs.


it is under process to get a Gl tag certification.

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