Traditional Crafts of the Muslim World

  • From the Hand of Man

    A visually lyrical short documentary which explores the latest artistic project by traditional Indian craftsmen directed by Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites. The film captures the process of inlaying Arabic carving from lapis then highlighting it with gold-leaf, which when assembled together create in...

  • Turkish Iznik

    As industrialisation has taken hold in the world, traditional arts and handicrafts are gradually disappearing. However, there are still master craftsmen and women keeping various traditional crafts alive.

    Iznik pottery, or Iznik ware, named after the town of İznik in western Anatolia where it i...

  • Ghali, Patterns of Persia

    In the east northern part of Iran ina village named Dovidokh, all the women earn a living and support their families by knotting and weaving traditional Turkmen carpets with beautiful and colorful patterns.

  • Sindhi Ajrakh

    Traditionally, Ajrak is the name of a block printed cloth with deep crimson red and indigo blue background, bearing symmetrical patterns with interspersed unprinted sparkling white motifs. An ancient craft, the history of the Ajrak can be traced back to the civilizations of the Indus Valley that ...

  • A Day in the Life of a Jali Carver

    Traditional woodwork and carving is one of the richest handicrafts in Afghanistan.

    Introducing Masoud, a master carver at the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul. Masoud was born in Kabul but spent the first 10 years of his life in Pakistan. On returning to Af...

  • Rajistani Razai

    An insight into the making of a luxury craft quilt and what distinguishes it and makes it unique and valuable.

    Cultural traditions keep us rooted and preserve wisdom through the ages. It is our responsibility to keep them alive and share the legacy with future generations.

    Encouraging quality c...

  • Children of Wool - Berber Rug Weavers of Morocco

    Shot on location in a very remote part of southern Morocco, this short film looks into the amazing craftsmanship and dedication of the Berber rug weavers in the region.

    These incredibly talented people are part of an ancient tradition that still employs centuries-old techniques to produce beauti...

  • Turkish Ebru (Paper Marbling)

    The traditional art of Turkish Ebru - paper marbling by Seyit Uygur

  • Kashmiri Pashmina

    Pascha Brunello is a purveyor of finest quality clothing and accessories. It specializes in pashmina, cashmere and merino wool. The brand is deeply devoted to artisanry and technique and treasures the heritage and provenance of its product.

    The history of pashmina spans over centuries. Pashmina ...

  • A Day in the Life of the Kite Makers of Murad Khani

    In Murad Khani, the Old City of Kabul, the spring sunshine brings kite flyers out in their hundreds, and brightly coloured kites can be seen dotting the skyline. Here, the children of Murad Khani wait patiently for the first sign of spring.

  • A Day in the Life of an Istalifi Potter

    Follow a day in the life of master potter Abdul Matin. Abdul Matin was born in Istalif, a village nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush. For 400 years Istalif was famed for its turquoise ceramics, but in 1999 the village was razed to the ground by the Taliban. Abdul Matin was forced to bury ...

  • A Day in the Life of an Artisan Jeweller

    Meet Saeeda and Storai, two best friends and jewellers who studied together at the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul. Together, they create intricately handcrafted jewellery inspired by Afghan traditions.