Shilajit, also called mineral pitch, is the result of a long process of breaking down plant matter and minerals. It is a sticky, black, tar-like substance that comes from rocks in high mountain ranges.
Shilajit has been used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and the compounds in it appear to be beneficial for many conditions.
Generations of craftsmen in Kashmir adopted techniques of art over centuries from travelling artisans, most recently in the 15th century from the followers of King Zain-ul-Abidin. A collective of woodcarving, copper engraving, carpet weaving and hand-made paper pulp art called Papier-Mache.