Monday, September 30, 2013

Glassmakers Of Herat

I first saw this film about 25 years ago. It shows how the Afghans go out into the field for their materials to make glass.
 

Published on Sep 21, 2012
In 1968, a one room working glass factory with a mud-brick furnace was discovered in Western Afghanistan. This factory is owned by cousins, Saifullah and Saidullah. Glassmaking has been a family tradition for over 200 years, and continues to be done in the same manner as described in seventh-century Assyrian cuneiform tablets. This method uses white quartz stones and ishgar (plant ash), which are combined in a wood-burning furnace to produce hand-blown glass. In the fall of 1977, Robert H. Brill, Frederick R. Matson, Latif Abdul Majoob, and Abdul Satar Popal led an expedition to Herat to witness the glassmaking activities.

Filmed in Herat, Afghanistan, in the fall of 1977.