Thursday, 16 February 2017

Afghan females take over kite making industry

Afghan females have entered the kite making industry, which has historically been a male-dominated industry. The need to feed their families has forced many Afghan women to embark on this new adventure.
Currently, at least 70 families, made up mostly of women and girls, are supplying kites to the Afghan market. A group of businessmen have established a new kite shop in Kabul where the kites made by women are sold along with other popular Afghan recreational products.
Flying kites, Gudyparan Bazi, is a common hobby in Afghanistan. Afghans have been flying kites for more than 100 years.
The outdoor sport was banned by the Taliban as it was against their laws. Afghans revived this sport right after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
Afghans fly the fighter kites to compete with one another by cutting the opponent’s kite. Kite cutting is when your kite’s string severs the string of your competitor.

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