Srinagar: A traditional Kashmir cap, named Karakul, has become an integral part of the Kashmir culture with several politicians even sporting it on various occasions.
The traditional cap is known as Qaraqal in the local language.
The term Karakul comes from the ‘Karakul’ breed of sheep, which is native to Central or Western Asia. As the name suggests, this cap is made from the wool of sheep and goats, reports ANI.
The cap is made from the skin of a Karakul lamb.
The price of the caps ranges from Rs 6,000 to Rs 30,000.
The famous shop ‘John Cape House’ in Nawan Bazar is known for selling the cap.
Muzaffar John, now the fourth generation maker of these caps, told ANI: "My grandfather made a karakul cap for Jinnah in 1944, his father made a karakul cap for Rajiv Gandhi in 1984, and I made a karakul cap for Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mirwaiz, Ghulam Nabi Azad, among others in 2014. I also made it for Prime Minister Narendra Modi."