There was a time when one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization had large parts in Afghanistan.
There was a time when Alexander the Great expanded his empire right up to Purushpura (modern day Peshawar), right at the border of modern day Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he met his famed foe-turned-friend, Porus.
There was a time when the world’s largest monolithic standing Buddha statues existed in the Bamiyan valley of Afghanistan, before their barbaric destruction by the Taliban.
There was a time when Indians felt so strong a connection to Afghanistan that the very mention of the country called to mind Rabindranath Tagore’s beautiful short story about a Pashtun fruit vendor, Kabuliwala.
Welcome to Kabul, our homage to the Afghans – the Pashtuns – who are famous for some of the most beautifully crafted pieces of jewelry in the world today. Each piece seems to tell the story of the nang and namoos (honor and pride), and of the struggle and fears of the Kuchi nomadic family that made it. Hand-cut and hand-sewn, the minor imperfections add a vintage look and a certain purity to the jewelry, and make it suitable for both, traditional and modern wear.