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‘Iekwat,’ a sublime word that represents the essence of togetherness in the Kashmiri language, quintessentially summarises us. The Kashmiri craft is not only an exotic art but it also showcases the rich cultural heritage, beauty and craftsmanship of Kashmir and its people in one thread. The finesse exhibited by dexterous Kashmiri artisans has spellbound kings and queens from the times immemorial.

 

Unfortunately, in the present times, the Kashmiri crafts industry has been facing multiple challenges, bringing it close to extinction. This has affected not only the socio-economic lives of Kashmiri artisans but also made it difficult for people all over the world to have access to genuine handmade Kashmir products.

 

At Iekwat, we envision bridging the gap between genuine handmade Kashmiri craft products & the world. We believe that by working closely with the artisans and helping their craft reach all corners of the world through our medium, we will be able to save, promote & flourish this regal art and also bring smiles to the faces of artisans and craft -lovers.

 

An initiative by young Kashmiri entrepreneurs that helps talented Kashmiri artisans & the exotic craft to blossom, Iekwat envisions weaving an impactful and ethical tale for the craftsmen and the world.

Meet The Team

Shailander Singh

Co-Founder & CEO

Born & brought up in Kashmir, Shailander has worked in MNC’s like Satyam Computers and H.S.B.C for more than 12 years.

GPTW (Great Place To Work) certified, Shailander’s leadership qualities and the ability to take new initiatives to improve team members productivity made him one of the most desirable managers at H.S.B.C.

He firmly believes that technology can play a vital role to help preserve and promote Kashmiri handicraft sector.


He is also a sports enthusiast who loves to maintain a balance between body and soul. He is a true believer that only when you put your mind and soul into something which you are passionate about, the results can be phenomenal.

Arif Irshad

Co-Founder & COO​

Born and brought up in Kashmir, Arif has worked with various e-commerce companies for more than 5 years.

He has worked extensively in the areas of digital photography and graphic designing.

An expert in macros photography, he is one of the few pioneers from Kashmir who has transformed the way, Kashmiri Arts & Crafts are showcased in this digital age.

Having worked closely with artisans at the grassroots level, he understands the challenges being faced by them and hence strongly advocates to put an end to the use of machine-made crafts.

Arif holds a Master's degree in Tourism & Journalism from the University of Kashmir.

Rahul Dhar

Co-Founder & MD

Born and brought up in Kashmir, Rahul holds a masters degree in Healthcare Management from TISS, Mumbai.

Having worked in both corporate and social sectors, he has more than 7 years of business development & managerial experience to his credit.

Growing up in the conflict-ridden valley coupled with his academic background has given him a unique perspective of the socio-economic challenges being faced by its people, among which farmers and artisans form a major part.

Through IEKWAT, Rahul envisions to improve the lives of craftspeople and also ensure easy accessibility of Kashmiri handicrafts to craft lovers from all over the globe.