Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nerkin Karmiraghbyur - Every Long Journey..

I want this blog to be a window into the villages, the people, the stories behind the goods that Homeland Handicrafts designs and promotes, not just a string of pictures of nice-looking products.  Nerkin Karmiraghbyur, for example, is a seven minute stroll from the border with Azerbaijan in Tavoush marz.  The village's most fertile agricultural fields are right on the border and mined- by the Armenian army, in order to defend the border.  Almost every house in the village took a direct hit by bombs during the war.  The community building, the ruins of which are shown in this picture, was no exception.  Nerkin Karmiraghbyur struggles with the same issues many other villages struggle with- emigration, lack of jobs, etc.  We know that we would need to sell a mountain of magnets, key tags or bookmarks to re-build this building.  Still, every long journey starts with the first step.

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