The path of making, creating and handcrafting can be a tough one. Most of our artisans at Make Good hold down other jobs, making, creating and designing in their spare time. Others do this for a living. Both tend to be anything but easy paths. So we were inspired when coming across the story of Turquoise Mountain Arts. A collective of artisans working to revive the age-old, cultural practice of arts, crafts and making in Afghanistan, these Afghan artisans face hardship that's difficult for us to fully grasp.
This video tells the story of two of Afghanistan's most promising young jewelers, Storai and Saeeda, students of the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul.
Founded by Turquoise Mountain, a charity focused on regenerating the Old City of Kabul and reviving the Afghan crafts industry, the Turquoise Mountain Institute provides students with an intensive three year training in jewelry making, woodworking, ceramics, miniature painting & calligraphy. Successful students graduate with an internationally recognized City & Guilds accreditation, and are given support to set up craft businesses of their own.
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