Artisans

Afghanistan
Masoud Abdul Baqi
Masoud Abdul Baqi was born into a family of six children in Kabul in 1984, but spent the first ten years of his life in Pakistan during...
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Afghanistan
Nasser Mansoori
Nasser Mansoori is one of the most accomplished classical carving masters in the world. He was born in the Panjshir
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Afghanistan
Blue Diamond
After graduating from Turquoise Mountain Institute for Arts and Architecture's jewelry and gem-cutting program in 2011...
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Afghanistan
Humaira Mastour
Humaira Mastour was born near Kabul in 1989 into a family of seven children. Her family stayed in Afghanistan during the Taliban...
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Afghanistan
Shugufa Yousofzai
Shugufa Yousofzai is 28 years old, educated and grew up in a middle-class home first in Pakistan and, then, after the fall...
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Afghanistan
Javid Mansoori
Javid Mansoori grew up in the foothills of the Hindu Kush, in the famed pottery village of Istalif. Istalif had made beautiful...
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Afghanistan
Javid Noori
Javid was born in Kabul in 1976 and learned the art of jewelry from watching his father, who began the family jewelry...
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Afghanistan
Zarif Design
Zolaykha Sherzad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan where she lived until the age of ten. When the Soviets invaded in 1979...
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Afghanistan
Basira Raoufi
Basira Raoufi was born in 1992 and grew up in Kabul. She finished secondary school after the fall of Taliban and later...
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Afghanistan
Abdul Hedi
Master Jali Maker Abdul Hedi, 75, is largely responsible for the survival of Afghanistan’s tradition of jali woodwork. In the 1960's...
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Afghanistan
Tamim Sahib Zader
Miniature painter Mohammad Tamim Sahib Zader was born in Kabul in 1975 and began learning his craft at the tender age...
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Afghanistan
Marya Seddiqi
Marya Seddiqi was born in 1970 in Parwan Province in Central Afghanistan. Though only 15% of Afghan women are literate...
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Afghanistan
Khalil Hossein Haiderzada
Master calligrapher Khalil Hossein Haiderzada was born Herat, in Western Afghanistan...
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Uzbekistan
Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov
Born in the Fergana Valley in 1972, Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov is a fifth-generation ikat weaver whose exceptional skills were...
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Uzbekistan
Abdul Aziz Isakov
Abdul Aziz Isakov was born in the Fergana Valley in 1982. He learned the skill of weaving beautiful ikats as an apprentice...
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Uzbekistan
Alisher Rakhimov
Along with his father, Abbar, Alisher Rakhimov continues a family tradition. Their line of ceramicists dates from the 18th...
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Pakistan
Mahin Hussain
A local entrepreneur, Karachi-based Mahin Hussain is committed to supporting local artisans and passionate about...
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Pakistan
Polly and me
Polly and me was co-founded by Australian sisters Cath and Ange Braid. The brand works to create income-generating opportunity...
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Pakistan
Shamshad Solangi
A wife and mother of eight children (five daughters and three sons), Shamshad lives in the Larkana district just...
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Pakistan
Nasreen Ismail
A wife and mother of seven children (six girls & a boy), Nasreen lives in the Badin District in Sindh Province in South...
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Pakistan
Ilona Yusuf
Born of European and Pakistani parents, Ilona Yusuf has lived most of her life in Pakistan. She had a long career in crafts...
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Pakistan
Zardozi
A non-profit organization based in Kabul, Zardozi was set up over 26 years ago to support the thousands of Afghan refugees...
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Pakistan
Anjum Rana
Anjum Rana, founder of Tribal Truck Art grew up in the frontier province of Pakistan. She always loved the beautiful imagery...
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Pakistan
Ahmad Ali
Truck painter Ahmad Ali was born in 1993 in the Punjab area of Pakistan. He came to the city of Karachi to learn the craft of...
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Pakistan
Haider Ali
Haider Ali was born in Central Punjab, the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces. He grew up in Karachi and learned to paint...
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India
Wandering Silk
House of Wandering Silk was set up in 2012 by Katherine Neumann who, after years of working with humanitarian...
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India
Jindal Crafts
Jindal Crafts was established in Faridabad in 2006. It is renowned for its many talented teams of dedicated and hand-working...
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Sri Lanka
Barefoot
Barefoot began over 40 years ago when founder Barbara Sansoni was invited to design cloth for women learning to weave in a...
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Kenya
Women of Ngambenyi and Bungule
The women of Ngambenyi and Bungule – two of the rural villages around Mount Kasigau in the...
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Pakistan
Nylla Perveen Junejo
Nylla Perveen Junejo grew up in a low-income family in Lakana in South Pakistan. To care for her two daughters...
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Kenya
Bombolulu
Located in Mombasa, Kenya, the Bombolulu Workshops work with over 100 artisans with various physical disabilities. Since 1969...
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Afghanistan
Saleh Fine Silks
Saleh Mohammad was born in the city of Herat, in western Afghanistan in 1971. Today Saleh is a renowned silk weaver but...
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Afghanistan
Chuk Palu
Rahim Walizada comes from a large Afghan family that has been designing, weaving and selling carpets for generations...
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Afghanistan
Aayenda
The Aayenda Jewelry brand is a collaboration between three international designers and 36 Afghan jewelry and...
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Swaziland
Gone Rural
Established in 1992, Gone Rural is a socially responsible business that began working with 30 local female artisans and has grown...
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Tanzania
Sidai Designs
Founded in 2011 by Eszter Rabin, Sidai Designs is a non-profit organization that works...
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Swaziland
Baobab Batik
Baobab Batik was founded in 1991 by Els Hooft with the aim to build sustainable economic and social solutions for women...
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Swaziland
Quazi Designs
What began with a simple rolled paper bead earring displayed on a card and employing one artisan has become a thriving...
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Mexico
Cooperativa Doni Joy
Commonly known as tenangos, this style of embroidery can be traced back to pre Aztec Meso-America with the symbolism...
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Afghanistan
Turquoise Mountain
Afghanistan was once a great center of civilization found at the heart of the ‘silk road’. Their craft industry, a source of great pride...
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