The lovely valley of Kashmir is perhaps best known for the craft of
papier-mâché which was brought to it by a Kashmiri prince
who spent years in a prison at Samarkand in Central Asia. Soaked waste
paper, cloth, rice straw and copper sulphate are kneaded into a pulp
which is then pressed on to clay, wood or metal moulds. Once it
solidifies, it is coated with a white layer of gypsum and glue and then
rubbed smooth. Finally the piece is sandpapered and painted with
colorful Persian floral motifs.