SRINAGAR: Artisans are ambassadors of state’s ‘treasured’ cultural heritage, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Syed Abid Rashid Shah said on Tuesday. He made these remarks while speaking at a daylong awareness camp which was organised by handicrafts department. On the occasion, DC said that handicraft of Kashmir has made its footprints globally and it is a collective responsibility to preserve centuries old art and culture which is also the identity our ethnic society, read an official handout. He also discussed with artisans the latest trends and innovations which they had incorporated in their designs in shawls, paper machie, carpets, etc. The designs of new handicraft products would be forwarded to the ministry of textiles for appropriate marketing facilities for artisans, it read. DC was informed that the department of handicrafts had recently developed a cost-effective portable and mobile carpet loom for artisans. He lauded the Department of Handicrafts for designing a cost-effective portable and mobile carpet loom, the handout added.