18 March 2018

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Saturday February 3, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Carpet weaving is one of the handicrafts in northern parts of the country.
Hafizullah, an in-charge of Turkmen women activists union told that in the past, only influential figures and rich people were using hand-weaved Afghani carpet and rug, as Marzar-e-Sharif carpet has been popular since long. He said, besides carpet and rug weaving with different designs, we did needle works in our union and all being done by women. Likewise, we have launched literacy courses for illiterate women in our union, he further said.
He said the union has been established by a group of literate women to solve Turkmen women economic problems as well as help them get educated.
Around 19 people working in our union and the number of those produce carpets and rugs in their houses is 60, he went on to say.
As a folkloric culture, the Afghan handicrafts have been enjoying special reputation since long, through which a number of Afghans have been supporting their households and meeting their economic needs through supply of their products.
The Afghan handicrafts that were once decorating the guesthouses of the then kings and rulers as well as the tribal leaders’ houses have recently faced many problems.
The women have always had upper hand in promotion of handicrafts and trying to meet their families’ requirements through this occupation.
Carpets, rugs, saddle bag, felt carpet, needle work, embroidery and traditional floors have been parts of Afghan women handicrafts particularly in northern provinces of the country.  Unfortunately, inattention of concerned authorities to the mentioned handicrafts has caused the noble Afghan treasury to be on the verge of annihilation and has made handcrafts professionals concerned.
Felts carpets and rugs in the past were of important women handicrafts of mountainous areas which were made of high quality wool of special sheep and produced with beautiful paintings and design.
Today, these products have been replaced by foreign products which is a heavy loss to domestic handicrafts. Our people should use local products and differentiate between quality and value of domestic products from foreign ones. Domestic carpets last many years while the foreign products last short time. Therefore, a number of handicrafts professionals ask the government of national unity to pay heed and help them in the respect.
Karima Malikzada

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari in a meeting with directors of the ministry’s expertise heard their works report.
In the meeting attended by deputy minister of incomes and customs Dr. Najibullah Wardak and advisor to deputy minister of finance and administrative for information and culture Sayed Raza Mesam Hussaini, directors of Azadi Printing Press, hotels and Afghan Tour enterprise delivered their works report, revenue and future programs.
Enumerating a range of problems facing the respective organs, they delivered the meeting their suggestions and visions for improvement of works and increasing of their organizations’ revenues, asserting that revenues of their enterprises have increased comparing to last year despite of a series of problems.
They also asked ministry of finance for cooperation in connection with execution of budget for renovation and development projects of the respective enterprises.
Meanwhile, advisor to deputy minister of finance and administrative for information and culture briefed related to incomes of the ministry and said the big part of the MoIC’s revenues was from enterprisea and licenses.
He added that revenues of the ministry have totally increased by 4.5 percent comparing to last year.
Assuring of cooperation with ministry of information and culture, deputy minister of finance said plans have been prepared in connection with the respective needs and programs and would be delivered to economic committee.
Afterwards, acting minister of information and culture while stressing on further efforts by directors of the respective enterprisea and organizations said the ministry’s revenues would further increase next year if suggestions and demands of the organizations were addressed.

Friday February 2, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Haroon Amiri, one of owners of woodturning shops and a turner in Kabul city related to woodturning industry in Afghanistan said, “Woodturning industry has been common in various parts of Afghanistan during the past few decades and is one of the fine arts in the country’s history.” He added that a number of Afghans are busy in woodturning industry in various parts of the country. They are lathing woods and designing furniture, windows, doors, eating table, beds and others. Amiri, who has preferred to woodturning industry and make a living by working as a turner for years, says we imported turneries from Pakistan in past, but fortunately all kinds of woods used in the industry are produced in Afghanistan.
“Turnery wood is from Jalalabad and from such wood, we are designing furniture, stands of sleeping beds, windows and others by wood-turning lathe machine and selling them in market,” Amiri said, adding that various kinds of orders were accepted and provided to customers. Pointing to increasing insecurity in the country, Amiri said wood-turning industry has faded comparing to previous years as unemployment and insecurities have increased in recent years as well as most of Afghans have left the country for European and other foreign countries. Haroon Amiri is now working with his two students in a small shop in Kabul city. He asked the government to support the industry and provide better working circumstances to those who are working in this field. He further said that they would develop such industries in the country if security was maintained and further wood turning machineries were provided to them.
Woodturning is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around the axis of rotation.
Like the potter’s wheel, the wood lathe is a simple mechanism which can generate a variety of forms. The operator is known as a turner, and the skills needed to use the tools were traditionally known as turnery. The skills to use the tools by hand, without a fixed point of contact with the wood, distinguish woodturning and the wood lathe from the machinists lathe, or metal-working lathe. Items made on the lathe include tool handles, candlesticks, egg cups, knobs, lamps, rolling pins, cylindrical boxes, bodkins, knitting needles, needle cases, thimbles, pens, chessmen, spinning tops; legs, spindles and pegs for furniture; balusters and newel posts for architecture; baseball bats, hollow forms such as woodwind musical instruments, urns, sculptures; bowls, platters, and chair seats. Industrial production has replaced many of these products from the traditional turning shop. However, the wood lathe is still used for decentralized production of limited or custom turnings. A skilled turner can produce a wide variety of objects with five or six simple tools. The tools can be reshaped easily for the task at hand.
In many parts of the world, the lathe has been a portable tool that goes to the source of the wood, or adapts to temporary workspaces. 21st-century turners restore furniture, continue folk-art traditions, produce custom architectural work, and create fine craft for galleries. Woodturning appeals to people who like to work with their hands, find pleasure in problem-solving, or enjoy the tactile and visual qualities of wood.
Shukria Kohistani


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The leadership and staff of the Ministry of Information and Culture are saddened by the death of two music stars, Ustad Abdul Rashid Mashini and Taj Mohammad Sar-e-Puli and extend their condolence to their bereaved families and friends and the cultural society of the country.
Ostad Mashini who spent more than 50 years of his age to serve the country’s culture through his work in music production, but passed away in 80 years of his age.
Likewise, Taj Mohammad Sar-e-Puli who was a member of Ghazanfar Music Group died of critical illness, leaving several songs registered with the archive of the Radio Television of Afghanistan.

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