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Handicrafts in Afghanistan

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Handicrafts in Afghanistan
 Carpet weaving is one of the handicrafts in northern parts of the country.
Hafizullah, an in-charge of Turkmen women activists union told The Kabul Times that in the past, only influential figures and rich people were using hand-weaved Afghani carpet and rug, as Marzar-e-Sharif carpet has been popular since long. 
He said, besides carpet and rug weaving with different designs, we did needle works in our union and all being done by women. Likewise, we have launched literacy courses for illiterate women in our union, he further said.
He said the union has been established by a group of literate women to solve Turkmen women economic problems as well as help them get educated.
Around 19 people working in our union and the number of those produce carpets and rugs in their houses is 60, he went on to say.
As a folkloric culture, the Afghan handicrafts have been enjoying special reputation since long, through which a number of Afghans have been supporting their households and meeting their economic needs through supply of their products. 
The Afghan handicrafts that were once decorating the guesthouses of the then kings and rulers as well as the tribal leaders’ houses have recently faced many problems. 
The women have always had upper hand in promotion of handicrafts and trying to meet their families’ requirements through this occupation.
Carpets, rugs, saddle bag, felt carpet, needle work, embroidery and traditional floors have been parts of Afghan women handicrafts particularly in northern provinces of the country.  Unfortunately, inattention of concerned authorities to the mentioned handicrafts has caused the noble Afghan treasury to be on the verge of annihilation and has made handcrafts professionals concerned. 
Felts carpets and rugs in the past were of important women handicrafts of mountainous areas which were made of high quality wool of special sheep and produced with beautiful paintings and design. 
Today, these products have been replaced by foreign products which is a heavy loss to domestic handicrafts. Our people should use local products and differentiate between quality and value of domestic products from foreign ones. Domestic carpets last many years while the foreign products last short time. Therefore, a number of handicrafts professionals ask the government of national unity to pay heed and help them in the respect.