Local traditional artisans in Afghanistan are bring the country back to life, thanks to Turquoise Mountain, a British non-governmental organisation dedicated to reviving the nation’s proud cultural heritage.
Mired in civil unrest since the 1970’s that has seen many parts of the country fall in decay and disrepair,
‘Many of Afghanistan’s artisans were forced to leave their country or give up their craft. The old city of Kabul, once a bustling center of craft and commerce, fell into ruin.’
Turquoise Mountain, founded in 2006 at the request of HRH Prince of Wales and the President of Afghanistan, has helped to transform the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul from slum conditions into a vibrant cultural and economic center.
Turquoise Mountain is regenerating historic areas, reviving Afghan traditional arts and architecture, creating jobs, skills and a renewed sense of national pride for Afghan men and women.
The organization has trained over 450 artisans in traditional arts, restored and renovated historic buildings, opened a primary school and a medical clinic, rebuilt necessary infrastructure, and founded Afghanistan’s premier institution for vocational training in the arts along the way.
A unique exhibition is now on at the Freer and Sackler Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC until the end of October 2017, showcasing the contemporary history and art of traditional Afghanistan through the art and voices of the Afghan artisans leading the revival of their country.
For more information if you’d like to catch the exhibition, go to the Freer | Sackler website
For more information on Turquoise Mountain, head here.