Where are the greatest master (ustad) woodcarvers working in the Islamic
Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites
Though the craft is losing its original finesse, but Kashmir, a predominantly Muslim state of India, has retained it to quite an extent. Historically, it was used abundantly for architectural decorations in this region.
The craft is still alive in many parts of the valley, especially seen in the form of heavily carved furniture, khatamband, and other bric-a-brac that never ceases to attract buyers.
The work of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is also helping revive the craft and craftsmen in almost all their building conservation works. I would recommend you to visit their website: www.heritageofkashmir.org for more interesting information on woodwork in this region.
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Anyone, In 1979, I visited the Soviet Union (Moscow, Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent and Leningrad).
In the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Tashkent, I saw a complex folding book stand (probably used to hold a Koran). So far, I have not been able to locate the origin of the design. Any ideas?