hand painted papier-mâché lacquer box

Product description;

  • papier-mâché boxes, hand painted and lacquered
  • available in many different patterns including butterfly, blue moghul, navy procession, red procession, green floral, white floral and pink & orange floral, red, green, cream and navy polo and grey fine etching
  • and in a range of sizes: metre box (17x10x8), 3" pin heart box, 3" pin round box, 2" ring square or oval box, 3x3" flat box and 3x5" flat box and more
  • made in Kashmir, India

Our beautiful papier-mâché boxes are just so pretty.  Fabulous gifts, useful to hold whatnots and dreams, these little boxes are perfect for young and old alike.  Jewellery boxes, babies' teeth, lockets of hair - a whole raft of special and precious things can rest inside one of these perfect creations.

Made and painted mostly by Kashmiri men using natural materials such as recycled paper and hair brushes for painting, our boxes are a nod to the past when little was wasted and time allowed the gentle and slow creation of beauty.

The tradition of making papier-mâché decorative objects came to the Kashmir Valley from Iran in the 15th century.  It's a painstaking, time consuming and highly skilled technique that is in danger of dying out, as it's challenged by technology and today's fast paced world.  We at Merchant Campbell like supporting those artisans who've learned their trade and skills from their father before them, and their fathers before.