"I was born in Srinagar. Kashmir is famous for beautiful and creative works of art. As a child, I became fascinated with Kashmiri embroidery and I eventually graduated with a degree in fashion design. I want to promote Kashmir's arts and crafts, which have been dwindling due to political unrest. My dream is to open my own gallery to display my work. <br><br> "My father is my inspiration. He has been involved with our regional art since 1994. When we moved to the capital, we had to leave our family workshop behind. It was a very difficult time but, with hard work and dedication, we managed to overcome it. We created a place for ourselves here in this beautiful world of arts and crafts. <br><br> "Initially, it was very difficult and I found it challenging to learn the craft. With my father's guidance, I was able to master our art. Now I work with my father, who runs the workshop while I design. <br><br> "I usually use cotton fabric, although it sometimes depends what shoppers want. The embroidery is done with wool or silk threads. We use AZO-free colors, which are bio-degradable. <br><br> "A lot of my inspiration comes from nature. My designs are mostly floral or based on animal or bird motifs. I love to experiment with different colors and use a lot of colors in all my designs. Coordinating them to get the best match is the most exciting part of this work. <br><br> "My father and I have participated in various exhibitions in India and have sold our designs to people in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. <br><br> "I'm currently helping a number of artisans who collaborate with me and would like to create jobs for women and people with disabilities."