Far + Wide is connecting worlds by pairing skills and market knowledge of international designers with craft producers in Afghanistan. Inspired by ancient jewelry from the Kabul bazaars, Far + Wide and North American artist, Kara Hamilton collaborated with four aspiring jewelry businesses from Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan on a 12-piece exclusive bronze and lapis collection.

 

"Every piece is slightly different because it is handmade. It has no resemblance to a machine made product."
- Kara Hamilton

 

"My interest in this project was to see how the artisans interpret designs, not to try to give them designs they are familiar with (I am not a good appropriator). I was inspired by materials first and some aspects of process, but their hands changed everything."
- Kara Hamilton

 

Not only did the young jewelers in Afghanistan receive their first commercial order, they also got an opportunity to work with an international artist, gaining experience and exposure to new designs, techniques and trends.


ABOUT THE COLLABORATION:

Far + Wide partnered with Kara Hamilton, an experienced jewelry artist and Turquoise Mountain, a Kabul-based charity, to inspire a cross-cultural conversation resulting in this truly artisanal jewelry line.

Turquoise Mountain chose four artisan businesses from their recent graduates to work under the creative direction of Kara Hamilton. The design process went through many stages and was shaped in part by Kara’s vision, material available and the artisans’ skills and ideas.

To learn more about the process, background and impact of the collaboration on the artisans in Afghanistan, download the case study.

As featured in Elle

 

EVERY PURCHASE MAKES A DIFFERENCE:

Far + Wide is committed to bridging the gap for artisans in the developing countries by breaking the isolation and helping them connect to the global economy. We believe this is the most effective and sustainable way to build businesses and create better lives for artisans, their families and communities.

Bronze & Lapis Bracelet - Afghanistan
Bronze & Lapis Bracelet - Afghanistan $95.00
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Bronze & Lapis Charm Necklace - Afghanistan
Bronze & Lapis Charm Necklace - Afghanistan $385.00
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Bronze & Lapis Choker - Afghanistan
Bronze & Lapis Choker - Afghanistan $195.00
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Bronze & Lapis Ring - Afghanistan
Bronze & Lapis Ring - Afghanistan $45.00
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Bronze Ring with Oblong Lapis Stone - Afghanistan
Bronze Ring with Oblong Lapis Stone - Afghanistan $75.00
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Diamond Shaped Lapis Studs - Afghanistan
Diamond Shaped Lapis Studs - Afghanistan $60.00
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Lapis Plate Necklace - Afghanistan
Lapis Plate Necklace - Afghanistan $270.00
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Large Bronze & Lapis Cuff - Afghanistan
Large Bronze & Lapis Cuff - Afghanistan $225.00
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Oblong Shaped Lapis Studs - Afghanistan
Oblong Shaped Lapis Studs - Afghanistan $65.00
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Silver Hoops with Dangle Leaves - Afghanistan
Silver Hoops with Dangle Leaves - Afghanistan $120.00
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Silver Lapis Ear Cuff - Afghanistan
Silver Lapis Ear Cuff - Afghanistan $85.00
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Teardrop Lapis Studs - Afghanistan
Teardrop Lapis Studs - Afghanistan $60.00
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