The cultural wealth of Jammu and Kashmir requires no introduction as the art and craft of the state is internationally famed. The creativity of the weavers of Kashmir is explained by the intricacy of the embroidered shawls, embellished carpet weaving and innovative jewelries. The traditional Dogri designs on the silver and golden jewelries are worth checking out. The Tibetan carpets made in Ladakh region are more beautiful, durable and reasonably priced than the Persian carpets. Unconventional objects also find its place in Kashmir jewelries as muzzle shells are a prime item for making jewelries. Kashmiri Embroidery is a famous art form and has made its niche in global market. Wood carving is another forte of Kashmir and wooden furniture is largely exported from the state to other parts of India and abroad. The touch of royalty is still found in the elaborate carving on wooden furnishings.
The tribal communities of a state are a significant factor of the state’s cultural horizon. Not too many tribes are found in Jammu and Kashmir and most of the tribes earn their lively hood through animal husbandry. Gujar are a migrated tribe from Gujrat and their location is at higher altitudes crossing Pir Panjal range. Brokpas are a tribal group that resides in Ladakh and they are a migrated tribe too. Despite the widespread popularity of Buddism, Brokpas have retained their Aryan civilization till date. There is one more tribe in Ladakh, which is found mostly in Changthang plateau and are named as Changpas.
The festivals and dances of Jammu and Kashmir are worth a watch. The festivals are mostly related to Buddhism and monasteries hold these festivals. Hemis Festival, Monastic festivals are of high entertainment value. The worshipping of nature in Kashmir is apparent through Sindhu Darshan festival.