12 July 2020
Proud moment for Kashmir & it’s daughter. Arifa Jan was awarded ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ by rashtrapati bhavan on the occasion of #InternationalWomensDay for reviving the lost art of Numdha handicrafts. Arifa has trained more than 100 women in Kashmir. She has employed 25 Kashmiri craft people & increased wages of her employees from Rs 175 to 450. In less than a decade, Arifa Jan established three manufacturing units to revive a Kashmiri traditional rug called Namda. Arifa, a post-graduate from the Craft Development Institute, Srinagar, worked for a Namda revival project after completing her degree. She started her 1st business unit in 2012 at the Seki Dafar locality in Srinagar. In addition to reviving the traditional craft, Arifa mostly engaged women and paid good wages to her artisans when the business was thriving. Namda is a felted rug used widely in furnishing, especially during winters.