Boots

These boots were made by the Uzbek people in northern Afghanistan. The method in which they are crafted stems from the long Central-Asian tradition of making silk-embroidered leather footwear, horse covers and bags. They are worn both indoors and outdoors. In bad weather, they are usually slipped inside heavy leather overshoes.


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How do these boots contrast with how Afghanistan is portrayed in the media?

responded: Sep 15, 2011

Posted by Gwen

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The Afghanistan that is portrayed in Western media is a bleak, barren place full of greys and browns. In general, the kind of poverty found in the third world is often made to look barren and dismal. Often though, as with these boots, the kinds of materials and techniques used in these societies are colourful and elaborate. The craftsmanship found in these small mountain villages, the vivid colours and intricate detailing they achieve as well as the level practicality, resourcefulness and durability necessitated by their lifestyles, almost always surpasses the materials found in the so-called developed world.

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