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Friday, October 13, 2017

Turquoise Mountain: Preserving Traditional Afghan Crafts

Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit organization that was founded by the Prince of Wales and the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. The Turquoise Mountain Institute, located in Kabul, Afghanistan, has helped transform this war-ravaged city and preserve its rich cultural heritage. Artisans learn a variety of crafts including woodworking, carpet making, ceramics, calligraphy, and jewelry making. The teaching staff at Turquoise Mountain employs some of the most skilled artisans in Afghanistan who pass along their skills to the next generation. This method of learning was nearly lost due to decades of civil war. The Turquoise Mountain Institute has played a critical role in making sure skills and knowledge of these crafts are not lost forever.

In addition to working with artisans in Afghanistan, Turquoise Mountain also helps works with Myanmar and Saudi Arabia. This organization also helps rebuild and preserve historic structures and they provide educational and health care services.


Applications for Education
Teachers can use this site to help students understand Afghan culture. The short videos produced by Turquoise Mountain illustrate the importance of passing on traditions from one generation to generation. This website can also be used by teachers looking for an example of the power of community.


This video will give you a better idea about what happens at the Turquoise Mountain Institute.

Turquoise Mountain Institute from Turquoise Mountain on Vimeo.