From Kashmir, Niyaz has fond memories of his childhood and was inspired by the natural beauty of his town. 'My father was a weaver and he really worked hard to bring us up. One day, when I was about 15 years old, I was venturing out in the open and I saw some amazing paper mache boxes. So I decided to learn it too. I started working on this art and it felt great! My father had a shop for his shawls and scarves, so I would also show my creations there.'