Wooden lattice panels can be found in buildings throughout the old city of Kabul. Known locally as jali, these screens are made by joining hundreds of intricate wooden joints together. Afghanistan’s craftsmen cut the pieces of wood by eye. Every cut needs to be perfect, or the whole structure risks being askew.
This piece is produced by master artisans in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took over in August 2021, we have removed all identifying references of our partners for security reasons. Some of our partners were able to leave Afghanistan. For those who remain, their craft is critical to sustain their livelihoods at a time when the country is in financial collapse and in the grip of a humanitarian disaster. Every order we are able to make with our partners is more important now than ever before.