About Us

"Kashmir"- the valley of streams & lakes, flowers & fruits where apple and almond orchards are endless...... where the cherries blossom and is bestowed with their four season. That is why it is called "a paradise on earth". The history of Shawl weaving in Kashmir dates back to the period of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamadani (r.a) 1341-1385 A.D. - the famous sufi saint of Persia, who came to enlighten Kashmir with his spiritual guidance and brought along highly skilled artisans, who laid base for cottage industries in Kashmir valley. Shawl weaving, carpet weaving, embroideries, woodcarving , paper-machie and many other handicrafts are still inherited in the families from generation to generation. It is said that the shawls were famous from Kashmir even in the times of emperor Ashok (3rd C BC) but many writers credited Sultan Zain-Ul-Abidin (1420-1470 A.D) as the initiator of Shawl industry in Kashmir. It may be the Sultan whose enlightened rule encouraged promotion of arts as an organized trade and the Pashmina or in Persian called "Pashm" that we know today is a legacy of that period.

The mesmerizing beauty of Kashmir Arts has enchanted emperors, kings and nobleman down the centuries passed on from generation to generation as precious heirlooms. These intricate and ornate creations continue to be treasured and admired even today. Ardently pursued by lovers of art, the wonders of Kashmir Arts weave their magic spell all over the world. The ancient magic of Kashmir Arts continues to survive and thrive in the present age mainly because this rich heritage of craftsmanship and artistic endeavor has been passed on from generation as timeless tradition.

Syed Afaq Qadri of Qadri Textile Industries is the fourth generation Entreprenuer dedicated to reviving and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the fascinating art forms of Kashmir. His endeavor opens the doorway to a dazzling world of brilliant creativity and breathtaking craftsmanship-designed to hold you spellbound as you explore an exquisite range of handmade carpets, Pashmina shawls, Kani Jawawars, intricately embroidered dresses.... and more. These creations have created a special niche for Qadri Textile Industries the hearts of art lovers both in India and abroad. Connoisseurs of aesthetics also export its art products to many international destinations.

About Kashmir

Kashmir is perhaps, to possess an authentic account of its history from the very earliest period. This past account of the valley, its culture and traditions, rise and fall of various Kingdoms, victory and defeats of the people have been noted carefully, yet critically by the sons of its soil. True it is, that the Kashmiriat literature is very rich in information about Kashmir.

The modern state of Jammu and Kashmir covered an area of 86024 square miles (prior to 1947) extending from 32deg 78' to 36deg 58' N and from 73deg 27' to 80deg 72' E. The entire state included, beside the Jammu region, Ladakh, Gilgit, Hunza, Nagar, Punial, and Yasin. The tiny state of Chitral, located towards the north-western side of Gilgit, used to pay tribute to Kashmir ruler. It was due to the untiring efforts of Maharaja Gulab Singh Ji ( the founder of Dogra Hindu dynasty in Kashmir) that the State took its present shape and form in the 2nd half of the 19th century.

The beauty and the salubrious climate of the valley was known even from the ancient times. The mythological traditions supported fully by the research of geologists confirm that the valley originally was a huge lake called "Satisar", ( the land of goddess Sati, consort of Lord Shiva ) and its waters were blocked near Baramulla (ancient Varahmulla). In the words of Sir Francis Young Husband, "The huge lake must have been twice the length and three times the width of the lake of Geneva, completely encircled by snowy mountains as high, and higher than Mount Blank, while in the immediately following glacial period, mighty glaciers came wending down to the Sindh, Lidder, and other valleys even to the edge of water."

About Pashmina

Pashmina is a the traditional name Kashmiris use for the very finest cashmere. This fine wool comes from the undercoat of the Himalayan mountain goat, which lives in the most remote regions of the Tibetan Plateau. For over a thousand years cashmere has been woven into shawls and blankets, and cherished by queens and commoners alike.

A pashmina is possibly one of the most versatile garments you’ll ever own. It can be worn year round, and it’ll last forever. Trust me, once you’ve got one pashmina, you’re probably going to want more!

A pashmina is the perfect winter garment - warm and light. It can be worn over a jacket as a wrap, or around the neck as a muffler, or even instead of a jacket. In summer, wear it instead on a cardigan or jacket– especially when you’re out at night over a summer dress.

Traditionally Pashmina Shawls are hand spun and hand woven in Kashmir. It comes from Capra Hirius, a mountain goat that dwell at an altitude of 12,000 to 14,000 ft. in the Himalayas. Pashmina Shawls are treasured and passed to generations as heirlooms for their incredible warmth intricate embroideries and is symbol of understated style.