BUDGAM: A group of specially-abled artisans in the Gotapora village of central Kashmir’s Budgam region is weaving magic with their talents. These artisans beautify traditional Kashmiri items with motifs, patterns, and deft handwork. This group of specially-abled artisans is commonly known as the “Special Hands of Kashmir,”. The ingrown skills have helped to promote Kashmiri arts and crafts on the national and international stage and provided a source of income for them in their hometown.
Doing different kinds of Sozni work (needlework embroidery) on shawls and other similar stuff has not only given their skill an identity across other states of the country but also made them financially independent to earn a livelihood in a much more dignified way. Tariq Ahmad Mir, one of the specially abled Aristans and founder of the ‘Hands of Kashmir’ Group told Rising Kashmir that when the disability act was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, the specifically abled persons were not availing proper benefits and rights as per the act.
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