One of the great joys of exploring the Silk Road art of suzani embroidery is learning the deep meaning behind each of the traditional patterns. When Munira Akilova visited Albuquerque in April, we recorded a short video in which she explained every element of the design she created in our Pomegranate Wall Hanging.
Poverty in Tajikistan has been a recurring challenge for hundreds of years, so feeding families has always been important. Bread or “non” is a precious staple, and it is frequently offered to guests as a symbol of hospitality. In rural areas, bread may make up a significant portion of daily caloric intake. If a Tajik has food but not non, he will often say he is out of food.
Because bread is so precious, it’s important to avoid letting bread drop on the ground and you never throw it away. In...
Meaningful storytelling is a key element of any effective marketing or fundraising strategy. Unfortunately, generating simple but effective stories with lasting impact, especially when the people whose stories are being told are located in developing countries, can be very challenging (both logistically and financially). These "remote" stories often end up unintentionally sacrificing the authenticity and dignity of the very people whose lives they most want to impact in a positive way.