Category Archives: How stuff is made

“Art” is greek for “made by human hand”. It’s too bad we have consigned art to something that sits on a wall and does nothing, because “art” is alive and well in Central Asia.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Transportation in Afghanistan

The wonderful photos in this piece are from Zok Pavlovic and are to be used only expressly with his permission. One of my constant challenges, when interacting with Westerners about Afghanistan, has been the ever-present challenge of transportation.  In the … Continue reading

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A Dying Donkey in Aq Tash

Map Courtesy of WikiPedia The fortress at the entrance to the village of Aq Tash Sometimes, surreal is the norm, not the exception. Our team was visiting Aq Tash Village in Khanabad District, Kunduz Province a while back.  As we … Continue reading

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Bricks that build a country

Bricks that build a country.

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Wool, Yarn, Skeins, Looms and Carpets

Wool, Yarn, Skeins, Looms and Carpets.

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Wool, Yarn, Skeins, Looms and Carpets

On the streets between Qala-i-Bahadur Khan, Qala Khazi and Dasht-i Barchi, in the southwest outskirts of Kabul, there is a new vibrant and growing community.  It appears to be an admixture of ethnic groups; Hazara from Dashti Barchi to the … Continue reading

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On Industry and Western Blindness

On Industry and Western Blindness.

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On Industry and Western Blindness

I think it is time to get back into some of the nitty gritty of how things are made in Afghanistan.  I remember my first trip out to Aliabad, a District in Kunduz Province.  Prior to going there, I prepared … Continue reading

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