Kishtwar Straw Work “BINNA”

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Kishtwar, a beautiful district of the J&K state is known for its straw braiding activity which is pursued by the Kishtwari women. The straw work is popularly known as Binna .

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Owing to the rich minerals in the soil of Kishtwar, it is said that a special quality is being imparted to the wheat or straw which makes it shiny and velvety.

 

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This extraordinary quality makes it easy for the weavers to make quality products. The straw is then used to produce round mats, trays, containers etc of fine quality.

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If someone wants to keep them as decorative items in their houses, they can hung them on the walls. The art of wheat weaving is practised since ancient times and has always has been associated with wealth, fertility and prosperity.

 

 

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