Once a center of world civilizations, often at the crossroads of flourishing international trade routes, Afghanistan is now one of the poorest nations in the world. After thirty years of conflict, its people endure one of the world’s lowest per capita income levels (less than $900 per annum) despite a quadrupling since the fall of the Taliban regime. The devastation of war has not yet been erased by reconstruction.  Private sector investment remains limited and exports few. Heavy reliance on the narcotics trade has spawned corruption and worsened the insurgency.

For over two thousand years, Afghanistan played a pivotal role on the Silk Road, connecting India and China with the Mediterranean and Russia. The continuing conflict had almost destroyed its unique traditions of Islamic art and architecture.

But Afghanistan's great cultural tradition perseveres in the bustling bazaars and workshops of Kabul, Ghazni, Mazar-i-Sharif and Maimana. The famed school of miniature painting from Herat was collected throughout the Mughal Empire, Europe and the Ottoman Empire. The Buddhist sculptures of Bamiyan were famous in China. Exquisite gold jewelry of the Scythian period and the sculpture of the Gandharan period were the luxuries of their time.

Intricate tilework, calligraphy, embroidery, and virtuoso woodwork, once patronized by royal courts, are now endangered art forms. Of the historic structures that have survived, many are now under threat from unregulated development. So too are the incomes which support Afghanistan’s hundreds of thousands of craftspeople. Finding international markets for their high-quality, sophisticated art works, made with skills passed down through the centuries, is essential to ensure the survival of Afghanistan’s ancient and rich cultural heritage.

The Wakhan Corridor, North East Afghanistan
The Wakhan Corridor, North East Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Aly Mawji.

 

Kabul, AfghanistanKabul, Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Turquoise Mountain.

 

 

 

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Ruby Studs - Afghanistan
Ruby Studs - Afghanistan $130.00$260.00
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Gold Plate Lapis Ring - Afghanistan
Gold Plate Lapis Ring - Afghanistan $45.00$95.00
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Silver Lapis Lazuli - Afghan Ring
Silver Lapis Lazuli Ring - Afghanistan $40.00$85.00
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Occulus Ring - Afghanistan
Occulus Ring - Afghanistan $145.00$295.00
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Silver Emerald Drop Earrings - Afghanistan
Silver Emerald Drop Earrings - Afghanistan $95.00$190.00
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Silver Tourmaline Studs - Afghanistan
Silver Tourmaline Studs - Afghanistan $60.00$120.00
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Sage Green Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Sage Green Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $40.00$80.00
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Soft Grey Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Soft Grey Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $40.00$80.00
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Pale Blue Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Pale Blue Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $40.00$80.00
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Light Beige Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Light Beige Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $40.00$80.00
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Geometric Patterned Notecards - Afghanistan
Geometric Patterned Notecards - Afghanistan $25.00
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Turquoise Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Turquoise Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $40.00$80.00
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Gold Plate Amethyst Studs - Afghanistan
Gold Plate Amethyst Studs - Afghanistan $65.00$130.00
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Silver Pink Quartz Studs - Afghanistan
Silver Pink Quartz Studs - Afghanistan $42.00$84.00
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Silver Amethyst Studs - Afghanistan
Silver Amethyst Studs - Afghanistan $60.00$120.00
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Lapis Bead Bracelet with Cut Star - Afghanistan / India
Lapis Bead Bracelet with Cut Star - Afghanistan / India $30.00$60.00
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Lapis Plate Necklace - Afghanistan
Lapis Plate Necklace - Afghanistan $100.00$200.00
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Diamond Shaped Lapis Studs - Afghanistan
Diamond Shaped Lapis Studs - Afghanistan $30.00$60.00
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Turquoise Bead Bracelet with Cut Star - Afghanistan / India
Turquoise Bead Bracelet with Cut Star - Afghanistan / India $30.00$60.00
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Poppy Red Silk Scarf - Afghanistan
Poppy Red Silk Scarf - Afghanistan $40.00$80.00
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Square Lattice Pendant - Afghanistan
Square Lattice Pendant - Afghanistan $90.00$185.00
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Turkman Ring - Afghanistan
Turkman Ring - Afghanistan $55.00$115.00
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Turquoise Beaded Necklace - Afghanistan/India
Turquoise Beaded Necklace - Afghanistan/India $30.00$65.00
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Pipe Ring - Afghanistan
Pipe Ring - Afghanistan $115.00$230.00
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Gold Bead Necklace with Turquoise Star - Afghanistan/India
Gold Bead Necklace with Turquoise Star - Afghanistan/India $30.00$65.00
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Silver Calligraphy Pendant - Afghanistan
Silver Calligraphy Pendant - Afghanistan $55.00
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Emerald Studs - Afghanistan
Emerald Studs - Afghanistan $140.00$280.00
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Gold Plate Tourmaline Studs - Afghanistan
Gold Plate Tourmaline Studs - Afghanistan $65.00$130.00
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Horizon Hoops - Afghanistan
Horizon Hoops - Afghanistan $110.00
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Lapis Geometric Ring - Afghanistan
Lapis Geometric Ring - Afghanistan $50.00$100.00
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Revival Pendant - Afghanistan
Revival Pendant - Afghanistan $145.00
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Lapis Beaded Necklace with Turquoise - India / Afghanistan
Lapis Beaded Necklace with Turquoise - India / Afghanistan $30.00$65.00
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Gold Plate Aquamarine Studs - Afghanistan
Gold Plate Aquamarine Studs - Afghanistan $65.00$130.00
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Lapis Star Hoop Earrings - Afghanistan/India
Lapis Star Hoop Earrings - Afghanistan/India $34.00$68.00
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Gold Plate Emerald Drop Earrings - Afghanistan
Gold Plate Emerald Drop Earrings - Afghanistan $100.00$200.00
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Gold Plate Ruby Studs - Afghanistan
Gold Plate Ruby Studs - Afghanistan $100.00$200.00
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Gold Plate Pink Quartz Studs - Afghanistan
Gold Plate Pink Quartz Studs - Afghanistan $65.00$130.00
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Horizon Pendant - Afghanistan
Horizon Pendant - Afghanistan $165.00
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Gold Plate Lapis Lazuli Drop Earrings - Afghanistan
Gold Plate Lapis Lazuli Drop Earrings - Afghanistan $60.00$125.00
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Silver Hoops with Dangle Leaves - Afghanistan
Silver Hoops with Dangle Leaves - Afghanistan $50.00$120.00
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Twisted Weave Necklace - Afghan Jewelry
Twisted Weave Necklace - Afghanistan $300.00$600.00
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Silver Lapis Ear Cuff - Afghanistan
Silver Lapis Ear Cuff - Afghanistan $40.00$85.00
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Bronze & Lapis Bracelet - Afghanistan
Bronze & Lapis Bracelet - Afghanistan $45.00$95.00
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Oblong Shaped Lapis Studs - Afghanistan
Oblong Shaped Lapis Studs - Afghanistan $30.00$65.00
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Longevity Cuff - Afghanistan
Longevity Cuff - Afghanistan $95.00
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Mumtaz Earrings - Afghanistan
Mumtaz Earrings - Afghanistan $120.00$240.00
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Bronze & Lapis Ring - Afghanistan
Bronze & Lapis Ring - Afghanistan $20.00$45.00
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Gold Lapis Lazuli Flower Earrings - Afghanistan
Gold Lapis Lazuli Flower Earrings - Afghanistan $65.00$130.00
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