ASHA (Academy for Severe Handicaps and Autism) is a school primarily dealing with children with autism. Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around him/her. Children with autism have difficulties in language and communication, social interaction and exhibit behavioural challenges. A majority of children and adults with autism are unable to express themselves clearly. ASHA’s main aim is to help these children become independent in taking care of themselves and also in making use of their time productively.
One of the ways ASHA does this is to create vocational activities for its students, such as papier mâché work. A combination of shredded paper, gum and chalk powder is made into a clay-like material which is moulded into various shapes, then later painted and decorated. Arastan has been working with ASHA’s children to produce papier mâché Christmas decorations. These…
Arastan will be at the German Christmas Market in Delhi this weekend, showing off our Christmas decorations and much else. If you are in Delhi we hope to see you there, if not then why not join in the festive fun anyway with some Christmas decorations from the Arastan collection?!
As well as lots of festive goodies,there will be German food products, home accessories, handicrafts, gift articles and much more: a Gingerbread House, German Rooftop Restaurant and Coffee Shop, German Beer, traditional German Christmas Cake, German sausages and potato salad, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and of course, Santa Claus. There will also be a painting competition for children, magic show by a German magician, Lucky Draws, Live Music and Christmas Choirs and lot more.
Come and attend this fun filled event with your family and friends!
It has been a busy week in Armenia, and after having seen too many medieval monasteries and khachkars and carpets, and met with so many artisans and manufacturers and traders, I am exhausted and ready to go home. But I must not forget my primary mission here in the Caucasus: I came for the carpets. So an overall assessment of the state of the Caucasian rug, both old and new, is in order.
The musings that I have summarised below are based on empirical research, if we can call it that—what I have seen and experienced at several carpet factories and workshops, as well as many carpet showrooms and dealers.
An Art Revived: New Carpet Production
In both Armenia and Azerbaijan there are just a few carpet manufacturers who produce quality rugs using traditional hand-knotting techniques in significant (i.e., export-friendly) quantities. This is reassuring, because we all…