The process of making brassware goes through many artisans who are specialized in a particular technique. This handcrafted artisanal work involves Khar – the smith, Naqash – the engraver, Zarcod – the gilder, Roshangar – the polisher and Charakgar – the cleaner or finisher. In Kashmiri Pandit households till date, meals are served in brass plates placed on a small wooden table or mat on the floor, in front of which the diner sits.
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.