Patterns of Afghanistan
These patterns are based on traditional Afghan embroideries and take inspiration from Afghan Baluch, Hazara, Kuchi, Nuristani, Pashtun, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek designs. They have been simplified and modernized, and a range of different colour palettes has been added to make them more versatile and widely accessible, keeping current tastes in mind.
Embroidery in Afghanistan is done by women and young girls who create exquisite work to express themselves. They communicate visual stories to their close relations, from mother to daughter and tribe to tribe and maybe even to the wider world, thus ensuring the survival of their handed down traditions.
They are works of beauty and love, sparkling with motifs and patterns representing the sun, the moon, fruits, animals, landscapes, stars, exotic trees, flowers and petals.
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