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Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future

Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future

Rangina Hamidi , Mary Littrell & Paula Lerner

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Winner, Silver Medal in the Multicultural Category, 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
Fifteen years ago, Rangina Hamidi decided to dedicate her life to helping rebuild her native Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Taliban had been driven out by American forces following 9/11, but Kandahar was a shambles. Tens of thousands of women, widowed by years of conflict, struggled to support themselves and their families. Rangina started an entrepreneurial enterprise, using the exquisite traditional embroidery of Kandahar, to help women work within the cultural boundaries of Pashtunwali to earn their living and to find a degree of self-determination. Thus Kandahar Treasure was born. This book traces the converging paths of traditional khamak embroidery and the 300 brave women who have found in it a way to build their lives. The late, award-winning photojournalist Paula Lerner was dedicated to telling the stories of women in Afghanistan. Her remarkable images throughout the book show Afghan women’s profound struggle, strength, and beauty.

Size: 10″ x 10″ | 130 color photos & 1 map | 172 pp
ISBN13: 9780998452302 | Binding: softcover

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Rangina Hamidi is the founder and president of Kandahar Treasure. She has served as the manager of the women’s Income Generation Project for Afghans for Civil Society and lives in Kandahar. Mary Littrell is a professor, Department Head Emerita of Design and Merchandising, a research associate at the Museum of International Folk Art, and serves as chair of the Artist Selection Committee for the International Folk Art Market. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Paula Lerner was an award-winning photojournalist and multimedia producer. She was the principal photographer for the Emmy Award-winning project, Behind the Veil.