Sunday, April 19, 2009

Rubia is a nonprofit organization that supports women in Afghanistan to create and sell their traditional handwork and to develop literacy skills. The Director is artist and photographer Rachel Lehr. Rachel created a reading list of books to support a program she presents for students and teachers through the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, The Heart of the Silk Road.

Silk Road explores the "ancient caravan routes along which luxury goods as well as technology, religion and ideas were traded between East and West." See Rachel's bibliography of resources about Afghanistan and other countries along the Silk Road including Mongolia, Persia, and China. Rachel is in Afghanistan today as I write this.
Above is the cover of Rubia's 2009 Calendar.

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