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Afghan Blanket Origins

Malia in San Diego is of Afghan descent, and wonders why crocheted blankets are referred to as afghans. There is a long, rich history of textile weaving in Afghanistan with repeated geometric designs, and the term afghan was probably borrowed to...

Poetic Afghan Graffiti

In Afghanistan, proverbs and poetry are part of everyday conversation. When Martha spoke with Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and And the Mountains Echoed, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, he told her about graffiti in...

Unshaved Heads Proverb

“He has soaked a hundred heads but hasn’t shaved one.” This Afghan proverb refers to someone who doesn’t finish what they start. This is part of a complete episode.