Soft and Smooth Afghan Silk Scarves Handwoven on Wooden Looms. 

Saleh Mohammad was born in the city of Herat, in western Afghanistan, in 1971. Today Saleh is a renowned silk weaver, but although he comes from the country's capital of silk production, he arrived at this profession by an unexpected path. Living as a refugee in Pakistan during the civil war, he met an NGO who offered training in traditional silk weaving. Many refugees had been weavers but they refused to use the new looms with the 'shuttle' system. Aged only 17, and with no prior experience weaving, Saleh asked if he could try his hand at it. He shut himself away and worked non-stop for three days and three nights. When the weavers came back to see what he had done, they said, "pushte dast", which means, "respect to your hand".

Saleh Mohammad established Saleh Fine Silks in Kabul in 1998. He tries to buy silk from Afghanistan but silk production was severely affected during the civil war and under Taliban rule when the mulberry orchards, home to the silk worms, were cut down or destroyed. Today silk weavers like Saleh are forced to buy in some silk from Pakistan and China at inflated prices. There are only three silk workshops left in Kabul today. Saleh has a commitment to Afghan silk and quality that is to be greatly admired. His scarves are elegant, and come in a range of soft and vibrant colours.

He says of his craft, “It was my dream to start my own silk weaving business and train others. There is something special about silk, and we have a proud tradition of silk production here in Afghanistan.”

Products by Saleh

Cobalt Blue Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Cobalt Blue Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $48.00$80.00
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Light Beige Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Light Beige Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $48.00$80.00
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Pale Blue Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Pale Blue Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $48.00$80.00
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Poppy Red Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Poppy Red Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $48.00$80.00
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Sage Green Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Sage Green Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $48.00$80.00
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Soft Grey Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Soft Grey Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $48.00$80.00
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Turquoise Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Turquoise Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $48.00$80.00
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