A Walk Through the Old Srinagar City

A walk through one of the lanes of Old City.
A walk through one of the lanes of Old City.
Selling Pulses.
Selling Pulses.
Dealing with scrap and used articles.
Dealing with scrap and used articles.

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Scene Outside a shrine
Scene Outside a shrine
Happy and contented.
Happy and contented.

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An old Vernacular Structure along the banks of River Jehlum.
An old Vernacular Structure along the banks of River Jehlum.
Carpet Weaving Atrisan.
Carpet Weaving Artisan.

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Wood Work Artisan.
Artisan working on wood.
Weaving Shawls from last 65 years.
Weaving Shawls from last 65 years.
"TEHER" It is a kind of cooked rice which people distribute on special occasions.
“TEHER” It is a kind of cooked rice which people distribute on special occasions.
Washerman washing the shawls on the banks of river Jehlum
Washerman washing the shawls on the banks of river Jehlum
Selling Dried spices and vegetables
Selling Dried spices and vegetables
Embroidery artisans
Embroidery artisans
A 55 year old Embroidery shop
A 55 year old Embroidery shop
Cycle Repairing Shop
Cycle Repairing Shop
 A Traditional Baker's Shop
A Traditional Baker’s Shop

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A 45 year old Machine Repairing Shop.
A 45 year old Machine Repairing Shop.

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A 40 year old, Tailor's shop
A 40 year old, Tailor’s shop
Diary shop
Diary shop

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Night view of the Jehlum banks along Old city.
Night view of the Jehlum banks along Old city.

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Jamia Masjid, The Biggest Mosque in Kashmir built in 1400 AD.
Jamia Masjid, The Biggest Mosque in Kashmir built in 1400 AD.
Horse Cart plying along with motorised vehicles.
Horse Cart plying along with motorised vehicles.
An Old Lady  wearing a traditional viel.
An Old Lady wearing a traditional viel.

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Residential Settlement along the banks of River Jehlum
Residential Settlement along the banks of River Jehlum
Aerial shot of the  Hari Parbat hills.
Aerial shot of the Hari Parbat hills.Old City

The old city or in the language of common the Kashmiri, the Sheh-re-khaas or the Downtown, holds the threads which takes one back to the rich heritage. The beauty of the walk through the alleys is pleasing. The huge buildings standing tall, speaking the truth of the ages, the life lived or being lived there. The mornings are beautiful with the smoke from the local bread maker heading to the sky covering the distance from the common life to the beautiful rising sun. Unlike the corporate sectors the lanes here are buzzed up with the people buying the common daily necessities. The innocence of the people, the lines of the tolerance and the richness of the knowledge of the culture is too vivid. As the night settles, the Jehlum scintillates with the lights of the houseboats, the silence falls after a tiresome day and the hope stays.

Text : (Amreen Naqash)

Photographs : (Sajad Rafeeq)

Women Of Kashmir

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Women Resting in Saffron fields.
Selling stuffed Chapatis outside a shrine.
Selling stuffed pulses outside a shrine.
Planting the Rice Saplings
Planting the Rice Saplings

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Carpet weaving
Carpet weaving
Caretaker
Caretaker

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Portrait of a Kashmiri Woman
Portrait of a Kashmiri Woman
Woman Running a Diary Shop
Woman Running a Diary Shop
Women carrying wicker in the fields during spring season.
Women carrying wicker in the fields during spring season.

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Women selling Vegetables in old city Srinagar.
Women selling Vegetables in old city Srinagar.
A winter scene, woman walking  through a village in Shopain.
A winter scene, woman walking through a village in Shopain.
A woman Collecting flowers during Saffron Harvest.
A woman Collecting flowers during Saffron Harvest.

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A woman in Prayers
A woman in Prayers
An Old Lady
An Old Lady

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A Woman Carrying food to the fields during Rice Harvesting.
A Woman Carrying food to the fields during Rice Harvesting.
Women on the way to office amidst snowfall  during winters.
Women on the way to office amidst snowfall during winters.
Carpet Weaving.
Carpet Weaving.
A village woman
A village woman
Fisherwoman carrying fish on their heads.
Fisherwoman carrying fish tubs on their heads.
Into deep thoughts
Into deep thoughts
Carrying hay
Carrying hay
Fisherwoman in her Boat
Fisherwoman in her Boat
Carpet Weaving women
Carpet Weaving women

Women gossiping in a village

Women Walking during Curfew.
A Woman Walking during Curfew in Kashmir

The Kashmir holds its unique standard for the mesmerizing beauty to which the women folk adds glare. From the garden of sowing and collection to the cottages of weaving and production, from cooking delicacies to serving and selling, from making of the house to the living of the life, they are in the lines the marrow of the Kashmiri society. Youthful bright ladies to old laced faces all have stories and narration is no hidden to the eyes which know to value the real aspects of the beauty. A Salute to the Women Folk of Kashmir, Without you Kashmir is incomplete.

(Text : Amreen Naqash )

(Photographs : Sajad Rafeeq)