Sughra Hussainy, Calligrapher
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Afghan artisans back on the rise

18 March 2016 Last updated at 00:10 GMT

For centuries Afghanistan has held a critical position at the heart of the ancient Silk Road, a melting pot if craft and culture. But in recent decades many of the country's artisans have been forced to flee the country or abandon their skills.

Jane O'Brien reports on a new exhibition in Washington that highlights efforts to restore the country's vibrant artistic traditions and helps artisans make a living and a new Afghanistan.

Filmed by Ian Druce. Edited by Bill McKenna.

Afghanistan footage by Lalage Snow, Turquoise Mountain.

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