New Cottage Arts is again owned by people of Kashmiri origin. In the ground floor are brass and bronze artefacts of deities of Hindu Gods, bowls, lamps and some jewellery pieces. The brass pieces are from South India. The jewellery section has silver chains, earrings and bracelets.
The section upstairs is dedicated to carpets and all things from Kashmir. They have a great selection of carpets. Silk on cotton and silk on silk carpets are available. Also available are wall hangings with Zardosi embroidery and cushion covers with the Kashmiri chain stitch. Kashmir carpets are handmade and hand-knotted and are primarily made in pure wool, pure silk and, occasionally in wool and silk blends. They are available in wide-ranging colors, designs and sizes. Akin to the famed Persian [Iranian] origin carpets, the Kashmiri carpets and rugs are considered to be investments for life.
The embroidery of Kashmir, called kasida, is world-famous. Elaborate in detail and execution, the kasida patterns are freely drawn by the naqqash (artist), mostly from memory. The finest kasida work, particularly the ones embroidered on shawls or saris, has no ‘wrong’ side. This embroidery can be seen on bags, screens and cushion covers.”
Tourists to Pondicherry visit New Cottage Arts when they visit the Mother’s Ashram