Srinagar, Nov. 16 -- On a sunny weekday, a group of tourists from West Bengal made an impromptu halt at Kunzer on their way to Gulmarg.

Curious about local handicrafts, they had heard about 'Artisane, Art and Culture Center' back home.

As they walked inside, theywere fascinated to see artisans busy making handicraft products.

"We experienced firsthand how a carpet is made on a loom. From Pashmina shawls to Kani shawls,silk carpets, colorful papier-mache products, minute sozni, embroidery work, and woodwork, everything seemed fascinating. Kashmir's art too demands appreciation given the level of skill of artisans and their hard work," said Mannu Sharma, a tourist who was leading the group.

Not just Mannu, scores of tourists, both local...