Chinese Year of the Water Dragon Raises Hopes of a Better Year For All

Chinese Year of the Water Dragon Raises Hopes of a Better Year For All

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While celebrations are taking place all over the world today to herald in the Chinese New Year, this year’s festivities are being conducted with particular enthusiasm as 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon, considered by many to be the most auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac.

Picture by Katsushika Hokusai, renouned Japanese artist 1760 – 1849

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Today I Went Down Some Spooky Old Stairs: a Photo Essay

Today I Went Down Some Spooky Old Stairs: a Photo Essay

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And in the spirit of spooky month, Kashgar presents a guest article by photo journalist  Ruykyu Mike , who lives in Japan and specialises in photos of wildlife, festivals and travel sites. Sharing tips for travelers with a twist of humour is part of the life Mike loves on the Island of Okinawa.

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What in the World About Mao: Transformation of Mao Zedong from Tyrant to Pop Icon is Nearly Complete

What in the World About Mao: Transformation of Mao Zedong from Tyrant to Pop Icon is Nearly Complete

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For better or for worse, Mao Zedong is regarded as an iconoclastic figure in modern world history and was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time Magazine. Catalyst for the Cultural Revolution and leader of China’s Communist Party between 1943 and 1976, he was also responsible for the death of over 40 million Chinese.  Today, Mao is undergoing an unprecedented rise in popularity throughout the world. His image, like that of Che Guevara, has transcended itself and his radical policies of peasant reform to become a part of western pop culture and a market leader in the antiques and collectibles market. (Photo Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

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Remembering Bamiyan

Remembering Bamiyan

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Early in 2001 Mullah Muhammad Omar, the leader of Afghanistan's Taliban movement, ordered the destruction of all non-Islamic shrines and statues in the shattered land over which he presided.  And so the wanton destruction of the two standing Buddhas of Bamiyan was brought about, amongst the oldest and greatest relics of Buddhist antiquity.  Article by Dr. Andrew Forbes.  

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The Practice of Headhunting

The Practice of Headhunting

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Head hunting has been practiced by numerous people throughout the world from ancient times all the way into the 21th century. The term describes the practice of cutting off and preserving the head or skull of a fallen enemy. But why do people take heads?

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Life in India: The Practice of Sati or Widow Burning

Life in India: The Practice of Sati or Widow Burning

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In this age of ascending feminism and focus on equality and human rights, it is difficult to assimilate the Hindu practice of sati, the burning to death of a widow on her husband's funeral pyre, into our modern world.  Indeed, the practice is outlawed and illegal in today's India, yet it occurs up to the present day and is still regarded by some Hindus as the ultimate form of womanly devotion and sacrifice...

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Update on Tikondane - the Little Zambian Charity with a Big Heart

Update on Tikondane - the Little Zambian Charity with a Big Heart

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Tikondane is a feel-good story about a sanctuary created in the heart of Zambia by one woman, Elke Kroeger-Radcliff, who believed she could make a difference and then went out and did so.  Some of our readers may remember that Kashgar has been helping Elke and Tikondane to develop a handicraft industry from scratch.  Read on for all the latest news and what we've achieved in 2009...

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Cleaning Your Handmade Rug

Cleaning Your Handmade Rug

Added over 5 years ago

We get a lot of emails here at Kashgar asking us how best to clean kilims and hand-woven pile rugs, both from customers who've bought rugs from us and also (somewhat surprisingly) from people we've never met before.  My response has always been "have it done professionally", but we've just spent a week in a lather spring-cleaning all our own stock, so while it's fresh in my mind I though it was time to share my basic rug cleaning tips with you, Gentle Reader...

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East Timor Update

East Timor Update

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The East Timorese Association invites you to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of East Timor's Vote for Independence by attending a fundraiser and exhibition of East Timorese textiles on Sunday 12 July at Naremburn Catholic Church in Willoughby, Sydney Australia...

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The Care and Maintenance of Jewelry

The Care and Maintenance of Jewelry

Added over 5 years ago

Jewellery care and recommendations for wearing, cleaning and storing your jewellery.  Pictured here is a beaded necklace crafted from cultured pearls and fine sterling silver tubes strung on cotton thread.  Beaded jewellery can be difficult to clean because of the different sizes and shapes of the beads and because the stringing material cannot be immersed in water.  A necklace like this is best cleaned with a soft dry cotton cloth, by gently bending the string over the fingers and carefully wiping between individual beads...

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