Through development of our sister company Shawl Wallah we learned about the Kashmir tradition of papier-mâché handicrafts. Wanting to showcase these individual works of art to the world, Muughl Mâché was born.
Each elephant is carved out of wood, covered in a layer of papier-mâché, and hand-painted by one of our artisans. While designs are similar, no two elephants are the same, and each speaks to the volumes of history in the region.
Our elephants are hand-made, and typically take between 5-7 days to craft.
India's nothern-most state of Jammu & Kashmir is nestled in the breathtaking Himalayas, and is a region rich in history and tradition. One such tradition is that of papier-mâché handicrafts.
Along with tradition comes an extremely volatile history, which in our opinion lends the industry to demand even more respect.
The cooperative of families we purchase directly from are made up of wood carvers and painters that practice this centuries-old trade. It makes perfect sense that these beautifully hand-crafted elephants would come from such a stunning region of the world.
Muughl Mâché has signed an agreement with WWF-India, in which we are donating 10% of the profits from each elephant sold. These funds will be earmarked specifically for Asian elephant conservation in India.