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Afghan products captivate Indians

KABUL: Afghan handmade accessories and apparel have captivated visitors at a four-day expo in India where artisans of nine South Asian countries put their crafted products and exotic spices on display.

The event is being organized by the Asian Heritage Foundation (AHF) along with 55 nongovernmental organizations. Forty stalls have been setup at the Lotus Bazaar under a single roof to acquaint the visitors with crafts of the nine South Asian countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

In the Lotus Bazaar one could also enjoy traditional food of the South Asian nations at a food festival called Sanjha Chulha. Foodies could sit and meet with the craftsmen and get an insight about the rich culture of the artisans.

Afghan products displayed at Sabah Afghanistan’s stall include Pashtun kurtas (type of upper garments) and stoles in myriad hues, embroidered with silk along with exquisite mirror work, braid appliqué and beading.
Director of Sabah Afghanistan, Mariam said: “This handwork is native of the northern province of Afghanistan and our sisters from that region create these beautiful designs.”

Mariam’s organization is “not for profit”. Sabah Afghanistan begin its activities in 2010. It has nearly 1,600 women members, mostly widows.
PTI quoted Mariam as saying, “The produce is sold in local and international market to raise enough revenue to make the lives of these women better.”

She said that they have a food processing shoot where they manufacture and process dry fruits, pickles and sauces.


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