Sunday 15 April 2007

Craftsman stitches his life back together in a welcoming land

An article by Sushi Das describes the remarkable story of Najaf Mazari:

Everyone's life unfolds in unpredictable ways and Mr Mazari's is no different. And yet it is. He had studied the art of rug-making from the age of eight when his father died, and now, in Melbourne in his early 30s, here he was, repairing rugs at a shop in Armadale. His skill guided his destiny and it wasn't long before Mr Mazari had opened his own rug shop in Prahran and shaved off his beard, so his customers didn't think he was "religious". (Best for a businessman to remain neutral in business and politics, he says.)

The Rug-maker of Mazar-e-Sharif will be published in July.

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