GULDUSI embroideries from Afghanistan (Project DAI/Pascale Goldenberg)


We have the great pleasure to present an interesting cultural hand embroideries project from the German-Afghan initiative (DAI) in V.Freiburg under the administration of a wonderful French woman Pascale Goldenberg born in Paris and living in Freiburg Brisgau with her family.

She is an artist, writer, geologist, humanitarian, professional in the textile field, managing and attending textile and hand made embroideries exhibitions in Europe and on another side traveling to villages in Afghanistan despite numerous security matters in order to deal herself with the local women embroiderers …

This project has born 10 years ago it is named GULDUSI

In Farsi and in Paschto as well – the two official languages in Afghanistan – ‘gul’ means flower, and in Farsi ‘dusi’ means embroidery.
The term ‘guldusi’ is used by the women for all kinds of hand made embroideries or types of embroideries, thus for embroidery in general. Therefore they chose the name GULDUSI for their website. The idea of the project is

Linking Afghan culture with the rest of the world

Their website presents two embroidery projects in Afghanistan.

Many of the women living in rural areas of Afghanistan are highly skilled hand made embroiderers. The aim is to provide opportunities for them to generate an income using their embroidery skills and at the same time hope these projects will help to safeguard traditional hand embroidery skills from disappearing.

The concept is to help these small works of art to become known beyond Afghanistan, to be liked, get inspired by and purchased. When people in other parts of the world incorporate these hand embroideries into their own textile work, two cultures become connected.

While many of the hand made embroiderers in the villages are aware that they are part of a larger world, they have a strong sense of their own national identity reflected in the appearance of maps and flags among the images. Looking at the work the visitor learns about the colors of the Afghan flag and how the name of the country is spelled in Farsi.

The villages in Laghmani:


Laghmani consists of a group of several villages and is located approximately 60 km north of Kabul in the Shomali plains in Parwan province. The DAI has been supporting projects in the Shomali plains since 2002, including a women’s center in Laghmani hat offers widows six months courses in dressmaking and sewing. The hand embroidery project was developed within this project.


In 2003, two women who still practiced hand embroidery were employed as teachers for six months offering other interested women the opportunity to learn or refresh the skills. Since then, the women have been embroidering at home in their yards. Their brief was to embroider small squares (8cm x 8cm) with motifs and colours of their choice. Materials (fabrics and embroidery threads) were provided.

In 2004 the first cloth filled with embroidered squares arrived in Freiburg.


In 2005, Pascale G. undertook her first journey to Afghanistan to meet the women.

Find out more about the development of the project in recent years in the travel reports.

All the info on the website
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Bashar Haddad Arabic painter in the UAE


Bashar Haddad is an open-minded Arabic painter living in the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi. He performed higher studies in Jordan, traveled around the world and discovered different cultures…


Following to different strong and sometimes painful life experiences he became closer to the nature realizing the value of life and finding the essential purposes of the existence, appreciating the simple things and seing time as a blessing… his personal experience led him to paint and find peace and joy in colors.

bashar Haddad only spends a month of each year on vacations, the other eleven months he deals with colors and any kind of materials… he learned to play the Arabic guitar”OUD”, carpentry and sculpture as well, this is
the way he appreciates life, enjoys, creates and learn every day, takes himself back to moments and dream of nature where his spirit belongs.


His Facebook page

For any request get in touch with the following address


Shahla Armin Iranian painter

Shahlah Armin is born in Teheran (Iran) and has 25 years experience in the artistic field.


She performed 8 solo/ individual exhibitions( one exhibition about stone painting in Tehran (2010)) and many group exhibition in Iran and abroad.The Teheran contemporary art museum, Teheran municipality, the bank Pasargard,Niyaran cultural centre and private buyers have purchased her art.. one of her work is presented in the Cite des Arts in paris as well !


exhibition in France (Paris)
2004- exhibition at the Municipaity of Paris 6
2007-exhibition in the gallery Cite internationale des arts Paris
2006 – 2007 selected 2 times for exhibition in Washington


1996 Tehran contemporary art museum biannual
1998-Tehran contemporary art museum biannual
2006 Tehran contemporary art museum
2006-workshop of Tehran contemporary art museum
2006- the fourth international painting biannual
2007-participated at expo niyavaran art center
2007- participated at Iranian spring Tehran museum of contemporary
2007-the Big Sale of paintings and sculptures-Fine Art Gallery, Sadabad cultural historic complex
2008-the 7th national biennual of Iranian contemporary Saba cultural & artistic institute
2008-the great painting exhibition society of Iranian painters
2007&2008-participated at the greatest art show of the year
and another exhibitions professional with groups in Tehran
2008- Participated in groups exhibition Niyavaran art
2009-participated at art expo in Tehran
2010-solo exhibition at Aria stone painting
2014 -house of Iranian artists in Tehran
2014-with art collect Iran -Qasr Museum Tehran Iran
2014-group exhibition house of Iranian artists sacred secrets

would you please take a look at her art works at

For any contact request get in touch with the following address

Art director , designer, calligrapher from Bahrain

Ebrahim Jaffar , From Bahrain , 26 years old.


I got many hobbies such as Designing, Painting, Interior Design , Photography and anything related to Art. since I was young at the age of tea I used to like designing and I used to practice it from time to time , and now I’m working in one of the biggest Advertising companies called DaDeDo and at the same time I work as a freelancer with many other companies.


Contact info
Ebrahim Jaffar Ebrahim
Mobile: +973 399 667 16


Authentic Handcrafted Exquisite Mouth Blown from Bahrein



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