This Afghan fashion house is on a mission to preserve traditional textiles

Cheap, Chinese-made nylon burkas are flooding Afghanistan’s north as consumers turn to affordable, mass-produced fabrics — but in Kabul a small, determined fashion house is fighting to preserve the traditional textiles once integral to Afghan culture. Launched in 2006, “Zarif” — “precious” in Persian — commissions traditional cotton and silk from artisanal weavers, then employs … Read more This Afghan fashion house is on a mission to preserve traditional textiles

Six Afghan ICRC workers ‘killed by Islamic State’

Six Afghan international Red Cross workers have been killed by suspected Islamic State (IS) group gunmen in the province of Jowzjan, officials say. The workers were shot in the Qush Tepa area, the provincial governor said. Two others are unaccounted for, feared abducted by IS, he said. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) … Read more Six Afghan ICRC workers ‘killed by Islamic State’