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Karakul: Kashmir’s regal cap, a unique symbol of Kashmiri culture and tradition


Picture Supply : ANI Karakul, Kashmir’s regal cap

The standard cap utilized by the folks of Kashmir is called Qaraqal within the native language. Thought-about to be the royal cap of Kashmir, it is the image of honour and dignity for Kashmiris. The time period Karakul comes from the ‘Karakul’ breed of sheep, which is native to Central or Western Asia. Because the identify suggests, this cover is produced from the wool of sheep and goats.

This cover produced from the pores and skin of a Karakul lamb may be very widespread in Kashmir. This fur has a smooth, curly texture, a velvety really feel, and a shiny sheen. Relying on the standard of the leather-based, the worth of a cap ranges from Rs 6,000 to Rs 30,000.

In accordance with specialists, Karaqli made its means from Bukhara in Uzbekistan to Central Asia and Afghanistan solely to ultimately change into an integral a part of the Kashmiri tradition. It has been noticed that the majority mainstream politicians select to put on Karakul caps. It is also frequent for a Kashmiri groom to take off his dastar and substitute it with a Karakul cap whereas ready for his bride to reach at his in-laws’ home.

Despite the fact that the pattern of this explicit type of hat has been declining however now the present technology is taking quite a lot of curiosity in carrying it.

The place you will discover Karakul?

The well-known store ‘John Cape Home’ in Nawan Bazar space of Srinagar is a 125-year-old store of this distinctive cap. Muzaffar John, now the fourth technology maker of those caps, explains that there are three primary types of this explicit cap. The primary is the Jinnah type, the second is the Afghan karakul and the third is the Russian Karakul.

PM Modi wore Karakul

Muzaffar John says that the hats made in his store have been worn by a number of main personalities, together with Muhammad Ali Jinnah and present Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “My grandfather made a karakul cap for Jinnah in 1944, his father made a karakul cap for Rajiv Gandhi in 1984, and I made a karakul cap for Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mirwaiz, Ghulam Nabi Azad, amongst others in 2014. I additionally made it for Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he mentioned.

(With ANI inputs)

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