souvenirs from the front

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direct from Kandahar 7-5-08-500a recent sighting of War Rugs on the boardwalk at Kandahar Air Field…

“….War Rugs sighted on a stall on the boardwalk KAF next to Tim
Hortons, Burger King,  Pizza Hut, stalls with cheeky t-shirts, one stall
carrying fur goods and then a spa of sorts.  The centre of the boardwalk
area also sports a hockey arena.  The rugs were 3ft x 5ft in general,
some had English writing but often misspellings and they cost only
$30US!  One rug had Chinook helicopters on it and a (blue) Canadian
flag.  Chinooks are used by the Joint Task Force and six more were
bought by the Canadian Government and arrived in March.”

2 Responses to “souvenirs from the front”

  1. Michele Says:

    Is this the first woven evidence of Canadian involvement in Afghanistan? The rugs also depict Chinook Helicopters which have only recently been available to the Canadians (http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/10/30/chinook-kandahar.html).

    I marvel at the resourcefulness of the weavers!

  2. tapestries Says:

    I saw an exhibit at the Georgia Museum of art a few years ago. “Woven Jewels from the Black Tents: Baluchi, Aimaq, and Related Tribal Weavings of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan” Very interesting, kind of disturbing… lots of helicopters and Kalashnikovs.

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