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Tradition as Radical
  • ISHKAR
  • 25.07.17

At the beginning of this year, Flore and I found ourselves at the world trade fair for homewares, Maison et Objet in Paris. After a morning of walking through the colossal trade halls we were qu...

Handmade - so what?
  • ISHKAR
  • 20.07.17

Once a hipster trend, the desire for handmade goods has become thoroughly mainstream. It can be seen from the meteoric rise of Etsy, right through to proliferation of the word ‘artisan’ on produ...

Risk: Sliced, Diced and Sprinkled On Top
  • ISHKAR
  • 13.07.17

As wedding season approaches, we have been getting an increasing number of exasperated customers asking when our most popular glasses will be back in stock again. Well, here's the honest answer ...

Traces of Aleppo
  • ISHKAR
  • 08.05.17

Fig 1. Traces of Aleppo [source unknown] Zaina Sabbagh bought her first wooden printing block when she was 14. She found it in the Aleppo Souk where she was sho...

Timbuktu & Back
  • ISHKAR
  • 05.04.17

I remember singing a nursery rhyme about Timbuktu when I was in primary school. I can’t remember what it was now – was it ‘from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu’? – but I remember the images clearly. A fab...

Can 'crafts' really drive serious economic growth?
  • ISHKAR
  • 28.09.16

Yet we would be wrong to think of crafts as a small sector at the fringes of the global economy. Far from it, crafts are in fact the second largest employer in the developing world, and have a p...

Want to help Afghanistan? The case for buying over donating
  • ISHKAR
  • 12.09.16

The World Bank has ranked Afghanistan, as the 177th easiest country in which to do business with in the world. Unfortunately that was out of 188 economies. Here’s a quick barrage of some more di...

The Journalism of Things
  • ISHKAR
  • 04.08.16

Every now and then a short video or article pops up on our newsfeed which tells a captivating story about Afghanistan or Syria that has nothing to do with war. For a couple of minutes we are rem...

Afghanistan by Choice
  • ISHKAR
  • 13.07.16

Theresa May’s recent triumph as Tory party leader reminded us of a controversial decision she took earlier this year. Despite 2015 being the most dangerous year to date in terms for civilian cas...

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