"While memory fades away, the object remains unaltered as a constant reminder of the past and the lost home." (Aanchal Malhotra)
Kashmir Untold is a digital repository of material culture, tracing family histories and social ethnography through heirlooms, collectibles, jewellery, books, food and memoirs. The objective of the digital museum is to promote the preservation of material memory infused within objects and gather knowledge of it as a significant resource in understanding the culture of a community and its past. The objects in the archive are from different communities of Jammu and Kashmir, highlighting the stories of the land.
By exploring the notion of the collected or preserved object from a certain moment in time, we will attempt to gather insight into the moment of time itself. The object becomes a gateway into the stories of the past - the stories that had been carefully secured and sealed deep within memory. The objects gradually unfold generational narratives about the tradition, culture, customs, conventions, habits, language, society, geography and history. Decades later, the stories unfold layer by layer, revealing the past - uncovering the stories of a lost time. Gradually, by revealing and re-living these stories momentarily, we will unravel a part of history that was previously unheard of and unknown.