The 5 must buy gifts from Afghanistan this year

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LONDON: With Eid just around the corner, it is the perfect time to surprise your loved ones and friends in Europe and America with special handmade gifts from Afghanistan.

Thanks to a socially responsible project Buy From Afghanistan by the British Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, you can now buy some amazing products handmade by women in Afghanistan.

The project aims to empower people and communities in Afghanistan through trade not donations. This is due to the unprecedented waste and loot of aid money that never reached the common people of Afghanistan.

So you can now shop and do good at the same time. Everything is limited edition and the project is a pilot. All profits are pumped back into project to create more jobs and opportunities. So hurry up before it is all gone.

Top 5 must buy gifts from Afghanistan (free UK delivery):

1. Rumi Lapis Lazuli Love Pendant

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This amazing Rumi Love Pendant is handmade using high quality natural Lapis Lazuli native to Badakhshan with fine sterling silver and crafted using centuries old traditional craftsmanship techniques unique to Afghanistan’s mountainous tribes. 

The inspiration for the pendant comes from the art, history and heritage of Balkh, a noble and great city in Afghanistan also known as Umm Al – Belaad or Mother of all Cities, rivalling Babylon in history and the birthplace of the legendary poet Rumi, ultimately making Balkh the city of love. 

2. Handmade Afghan Tribal Kilim Cushion Cover

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This beautiful Afghan Tribal Kilim Cushion Cover is handmade from premium Afghan kilim rugs, which are handwoven from the finest natural wool native to Afghanistan’s Ghazni province and dyed using environmentally friendly vegetable dyes. 

The cushion cover is made by women from the nomadic tribes of northern Afghanistan in their homes using weaving and craftsmanship techniques unique to each family going back for centuries.

3. Balkh Serpentine Ring In Sterling Silver

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This elegant Balkh Serpentine Ring is adjustable, fitting any finger and it is handmade using traditional craftsmanship techniques of Balkh province. The natural and high quality natural Serpentine gemstone used in the ring is native to Afghanistan and mined through a small scale cottage industry creating conflict sensitive jobs in a country where the government is too weak to provide. 

The inspiration for the ring comes from the art, history and heritage of Balkh, a noble and great city also known as Umm Al – Belaad or Mother of all Cities.

4. Fine Adraskan Kilim Rug of Herat

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The Adraskan Kilim Rugs are one of the finest and highest quality handwoven kilim rugs from Afghanistan, and probably among the best oriental and persian kilim rugs of all. 

Adraskan Kilim Rugs are intricately handwoven mainly in the western Afghan province of Herat by women from the finest natural wool. A single rug can take many months to design and weave. This makes the Adraskan kilim rug not only a must have interior design piece of modern times but also a piece of art. 

5. Bamyan Lapis Lazuli Earrings

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The beautiful Bamyan Lapis Lazuli Sterling Silver Earrings are handmade using high quality natural Lapis Lazuli of Badakhshan and crafted using centuries old traditional craftsmanship techniques unique to the tribes in the remote mountainous regions of the Afghanistan.

The earrings take inspiration from the art, history and heritage of Bamyan, a great historical city. Bamyan is said to be where East meets West. The province has been influenced by all the greatest civilisations of the world. From the Greek to the Turkic, Persian, Chinese and Indian civilisation.