As a country surrounded by many cultures derived from different ethnic groups we are not surprised to find out that colours, designs and great quality materials are used by the locals of Afghanistan when it comes to their embroidery that can be seen as a reflection of country’s important location inside Central Asia. Generally speaking, the responsability with the production of embroidery is carried out by young women and girls, who are sitting inside the domestic environment, working handmade. Not only the women were doing such type of work by the end of twentieth century, but men as well. They were carrying out the embroidery, but in a different manner, such as using the machine embroidery from tailor’s workshops. In Afghanistan, embroidery is used for decorating a wide range of interiors, objects, mainly for home decorations (mats, towels, curtains and and table cloths) and of course, for the clothing of both: women and men. As a difference between men and women’s outfits, we must notice that women’s clothing are more colourful and elaborately embroidered. Kandahar is a famous place known for its type of men embroidery. Other places where you can find different styles of handmade embroidery may include Herat, and inside the Nuristani community located in East of Kabul, (this form of embroidery can be comparable to the chikan work originally from North of India, especially from Lucknow city). To decorate their dresses, Pashtun women use beads and large mirrors, while coins and shells are usually found on nomadic women’s dresses. Shisha embroidery (with small mirrors) can be seen at Pashtun and Baluchi women, and the idea originates in Northen India, as well. These pictures are just a small proof of how beautiful the Afghan embroidery is!
(Beautiful traditional Afghan dresses displayed inside a shop)