About Special Hands of Kashmir
"Tariq Ahmad Mir was born in a village named Gotapora in Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir. Tariq was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy in his childhood, a Rare Neurological Disorder a condition which leads to the degeneration of muscles. His disability did not limit his determination, courage and perseverance Tariq started his own organization which was named Special Hands of Kashmir in 2010, and in 2017 the organization got registered as a unit in handicraft department. Today Special Hands of Kashmir is a source of livelihood for a group of 40 artisans.Physical limitations only served to fuel his determination to live independently and
prove to society that a strong will power is far more important than a strong body. Tariq Ahmed Mir is an inspiration to many!"
"Sozni embroidery uses thin needles and silk threads to create elaborate floral or paisley patterns on Pashmina shawls and stoles. This extremely fine, delicate and
artistic needle work is only practiced in Kashmir and has no parallels anywhere else."