A millennia old tradition kept alive in one man's hands
For two thousand years Herat’s distinctive coloured glass was traded along the length of the Silk Road. Today, Ghulam Sekhi is one of the last remaining glassblowers in Afghanistan. Working out of a mudbrick workshop at the base of Herat’s ancient citadel, Ghulam is helping keep this precious tradition alive.
But its not easy. With the local market for handblown glass drying up with the arrival of cheap Chinese imports, Ghulam Sekhi is struggling to find new apprentices. Each sale of Herati glass will help build the stability Ghulam needs for his business to grow.