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A Conversation With Ibi Ibrahim
  • Interview
  • 02.02.19

A guest blog by Louis Prosser After almost four years of incalculable destruction and suffering in Yemen, you might think that the last sparks of beauty and creativity had been crushed. You wou...

The ultimate sacrifice
  • ISHKAR
  • 02.01.19

Fig 1. Babur gardens [source unknown] Fig 2. One of the hospital's where Dr Jerry used to work[source unknown] Whenever we tell people we used to live in Afgha...

Timbuktu: A wild story of Myth, Renaissance, Rescue & Ruin
  • ISHKAR
  • 16.10.18

‘I don’t care if you’re in Timbuktu,’ we might say. ‘You’ll be here tomorrow or else!’ Or perhaps, ‘He’s flirted with every girl from here to Timbuktu!’ It means something like God Knows Where, ...

War Rugs
  • Louis Prosser
  • 08.10.18

'Bebinin, bebinin,' insisted Parsa. I was in the royal city of Esfahan, which the Persians call 'nesf-e jahan' ('half of the world'). In a cramped bazar beneath soaring domes and arches, I was i...

The Pin Project Viewed from the Ground: A Guest Blog
  • Sofya Saheb
  • 10.07.18

The Pin Project is an initiative ISHKAR launched on Kickstarter last year. We raised over £63,000 to provide jewellery training and work for displaced people living in Burkina Faso, Turkey, Jord...

Soqotra: The Evolution of an Alien Island
  • ISHKAR
  • 28.05.18

Give a child a packet of crayons and tell them to draw a fantasy island, and they might well conjure up the Yemeni island of Soqotra.

LET'S WORK IT OUT!
  • ISHKAR
  • 12.12.17

As humans, we crave order. For many, productive work provides this structure. The world around us might be chaotic. But with work we can, at least at times, control what we do in a way we are ra...

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...

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