Holiday ornaments of Papier Mache Stars by GoDoozy. Papier mache is a delicate decorative art which shows the artistic zeal of a craftsman. This art was introduced in Kashmir in the 15th Century by a Prince who spent years in prison at Samarkand in Central Asia. The ingenious artisans of Kashmir transform a variety of utility articles into beautiful works of art. The process of making paper mache items, which is passed down by generation to generation as a part of Kashmiri culture.