Dolls & Toys of Jammu & Kashmir

Wood carving is a very old art form. The walnut wood carving of Kashmir is famous world wide for its intricate designs. The artists produce many items for home d?cor, commercial articles etc. Dolls of walnut wood are very beautifully carved with intricate design and have original luster. Walnut wood is a soft wood which makes its highly suitable for carving. The preparation of the dolls involves selecting the tree first. Three parts of the tree are involved ? the trunk, branches and the root. The branches have the palest colour of wood and the trunks the darkest. Branches have no veins while the trunks have the strongest noticeable veins. All these factors when carefully selected give a unique texture to the finished piece.