Response to ‘Fall of Knitting Culture’

THIS is in regard to the news article published today in your newspaper titled ‘Fall of Knitting Culture Fading Wool and Warmth in Kashmir’.

The said news article has, indeed, highlighted a significant issue. The art of knitting has vanished rapidly from our Kashmiri homes and society in general. Knitting was one of the specialities of Kashmiri culture and women never missed to utilise this craft during winters.

It was a cherishing and stress busting activity that used to fill love and warmth all around.

The article took me back to those golden and nostalgic days when the Old City used to be full of woollen shops and women always looking for needles and colourful yarns. We would often gather at evenings and discuss the new or trending knitting designs and flaunt our newly knitted stuff to each other.

At home, all women would knit together while sipping a cup of kehwa and the children would observe us, play with the woollen yarns and eagerly wait to wear the knitted apparels.

Undoubtedly, the advancement in technology has replaced many activities and knitting being one among them.

I believe that we should try to preserve and promote such activities and inculcate the art of knitting among the young generation.

Such news articles take us back into our good old days.

Sakeena Shafi

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