Born in Kasmir, Riyas enjoyed growing up surrounded by traditional crafts and the natural beauty of his town. Riyas works with his older brother Iqbal on developing new jewelry boxes. 'We are always trying to bring something new to our art. Earlier, paper mache was mostly about scenic and animal themes. However, as per customer demands, we are always doing something new. The Mughal-themed boxes that we do have been widely appreciated.'