The Good Gifts Guide: Suitcase Magazine's go-to address book for guilt-free festive shopping, featuring a selection of ISHKAR products, including our Beirut quilt, Herati glassware, Afghan hand-knotted carpets. Words by Grace Lee.
'“Our work is primarily about providing a framework for economic opportunity,” says ISHKAR's creative director Electra Simon. Although numerous good charity workshops and training programmes exist for artisans in countries at war, there are many barriers – both real and imagined – that make it incredibly hard for makers to get their products out to the rest of the world. “Our artisans are empowered by being able to sell traditional craftsmanship from their country to the rest of the world,” Simon continues, explaining that Ishkar’s work is also about moving past the one-sided narratives so often associated with countries in conflict.'
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