ART OF KHAMAK
Afghanistan has for centuries produced exquisite regional art works, including rugs, pottery, and embroidery. The women of Southern Afghanistan practiced and perfected one such art form, the rare and unique embroidery called Khamak (pronounced kha-mahk). Kandahar Treasure is reviving Khamak among contemporary Afghan women and making it available to national and international buyers. The value of our work has been recognized by international textile experts and and given the title of “heirloom” pieces. Our loyal customers encourage and motivate us to continue propogating this beautiful and rare textile tradition while empowering poor women artisans. Since its inception, Kandahar Treasure provides working opportunity to over 1,000 women who not only preserve the tradition of Khamak but also sustain their families through their needles. Kandahar Treasure helps build Afghanistan’s economy by building its infrastructure of production and marketing and empowers women to lead their families into a more peaceful and prosperous future.