LOCATION: Village-Shawl Har Dab, Srinagar, India
Ghulam Mohammad Dar is a master craftsman. What sets him apart was his decision to take on this demanding way earning a living even though he had a choice of a more profitable career. Having a college education laid open a wide selection of carrers to pursue, But Ghulam Dar chose to live the life of a carftsman and nurture the traditional career of his fore fathers.
He has passed on the skills to all of his five children. They have taken it up and he not only heads the joint family set up but is also the backbone of this art in his village. His house is often the gathering place. The receiving room has a coterie of craftsmen working under his able guidance.
An expert in the paper machie style of embroidery, today he has a rich experience of over 40 years. He is at a point in his life where he knows the hardships that a craftsman goes through in his career and is in a constant struggle to provide well for his family. This knowledge saddens him a little, but for a moment. With a sense of purpose, he looks forward with hope and works on guiding the young craftsman under him. He wants to do his bit to secure a vibrant and optimistic future for the art of embroidery.