Kashidakari is the Persian name for needlework. Derived from this name, the Kashida, also known as Kasida, is one of the oldest forms of embroidery that originated in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Kashida work is created by using thick, colored threads as well as beads to create different attractive patterns. Most kashida motifs are inspired by nature, such as vines, birds, leaves and flowers and is one of the defining aspects of this art form.
The art work is created by touch dyeing vegetable tanned leather. The leather used has the quality of permanently retaining the embossed imprint of motifs or batiks. A cotton pad or a glass, which has a smooth surface, is used to make the grains of the leather shine.