Women’s Work

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Baluchi rug from Nimruz Province
A Baluchi rug from Nimruz Province, Afghanistan

“But the longer I stayed, the less consistent the answers became. Yesterday’s Aimaq could be today’s Taimani. I mention all this as a way of explaining how very difficult it is to get a clear understanding of rug weaving in Afghanistan. There are still plenty of real Turkoman and Baluch to talk to – and real work to be done, perhaps by Western women with language skills. Weaving is part of the womens’ world and men will always be outsiders.”

-Jerry Anderson



  1. Refugees at a camp maintained by Samaritan’s Purse in the Margow Desert in Nimruz Province, Afghanistan  

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