Timbuktu & Back
Islamist militants have returned Timbuktu to the remoteness which made it famous. We travelled to TImbuktu to meet craftsmen who have been cut off from international markets due to the fragile security situation.
In September 2015, ISHKAR co founder Edmund Le Brun, along with his friend Jonathan Rider, became the first people to raft from the source of the river Oxus in Afghanistan. Having never rafted before this trip, the first time they put their rafts in the water was at 4500metres, 12...
ISHKAR Cufflinks: how are they made?
From silver ingot, to the cutting and setting of raw Lapis Lazuli, this short film shows the eleven intricate steps which goes into each our best selling cufflinks.
The Art of Jali
Afghan craftsmen create stunning geometric screens by linking together a web of intricate slices of walnut wood. This art form - known locally as 'jali' - was once found in buildings all over Afghanistan. Today, there are very few expert Jali makers left. Nasser Mansouri, is one of them. ...
One week in Kabul in one minute
Join Edmund and Flore as they spend a week in Kabul travelling around the city, meeting artisans and developing new products.
The Making of ISHKAR Knives
Watch, step by step, as Jonathan Rider puts together one of ISHKAR's limited edition knives.
Afghan Carpets: Cutting, Washing, Profiting
90% of Afghanistan's carpets are exported to Pakistan, where they are cut, washed and sold onto international markets. By not finishing the carpets within Afghanistan, Afghanistan's economy loses approximately $450 million every year. ISHKAR's carpets are 100% made in Afghanistan - from weaving to the final finish - meaning...
ISHKAR on the BBC
In a live interview on BBC World News ISHKAR co founder Edmund Le Brun discusses the challenges Afghanistan's craftsmen face and how ISHKAR hopes to overcome them.