THE ARTS AND CRAFTS OF KASHMIR

For many people Kashmir conjures up a beautiful valley, surrounded by the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas; for others it is a land of conflict, but what is less well known is that it has been of historic artistic importance for nearly 2000 years. This lecture introduces the astonishing diversity of arts and crafts produced in this tiny area by exploring Buddhist sculptures, Hindu temples, great Islamic gardens, paintings, calligraphy, Moghul carpets and Kashmir shawls, all influenced by their own cultures.