De Pamiri Handicraft: About us
The handicraft products presented on this web page are the result of a development project for the support of handicrafts in the mountainous region of Badakhshan, located in the Pamirs in Tajikistan.
The project started in spring 2004, implemented through MSDSP (Mountain Societies Development Support Program). It is based in Khorog (administrative centre of the Gorno-Badakhshan region). The project started with the selection of motivated and creative artisans. Soon after developing the production of a handicraft item showing good potential for sale, a commercial name and logo were given to the products: “De Pamiri Handicraft”
The project registered as an NGO in August 2005. In November 2005 “De Pamiri Handicraft” became a member of CACSA (Central Asia Craft Support Association ).
The aim of the project is to support the creative production of handicrafts (based on traditional techniques and designs), opening new economic opportunities and promoting Pamiri culture and identity.
In April 2006, the project works with 40 regular partner artisans.
The quality of their production has improved and new designs are being
produced. Some artisans benefited from training organised by the project
in collaboration with other NGOs working in the same field (ATA, ACTED,
CAMP, CACSA), and became trainers for others.
Through the project sales points, each of the 40 partner artisans earns an average of 25USD per month.
All text and photographs (c) Robert Middleton 2002