Handcrafted with attention to detail, each doll
is a unique work of art. The colors and costumes reflect the regional
wardrobe of different Provinces of Afghanistan.
The dolls are made of fabric with internal support
structure, and are approximately 18 inches tall.
You can be assured of owning a unique work of art,
as no two dolls, even representing the same geographical area, are
exactly the same.
Afghanistan, a country approximately the size of
Texas, is located in the heart of Asia. The country has been in
the news in the last two decades after being invaded by the Soviets,
and more recently as a battleground on the “war on terrorism”.
The people of the area, though, have a rich history and traditions
of hospitality and care. With a 99% Muslim population, the dress
of the people reflect the modesty that is required by the religion,
as well as cultural traditions such as the women’s total covering
burqa or chadari.
The artist, Zareen Noory, was born in Afghanistan
and has lived in the United States since 1979. The recent crisis
in Afghanistan inspired her to start this project in the hopes that
the Afghan people will be understood as more then numbers in a war.
Committed to the well being of Afghans, especially the thousands
of widows and orphans, portion of the proceeds from the sales of
these dolls will go to help the needy and suffering, the plan is
to eventually establish an embroidery workshop to provide income
for Afghan widows.