KABUL (Reuters) - In a small art gallery in the Afghan capital, Marzia Panahi watches as one of the young artists she has just employed applies paint to a framed felt canvas propped up against a easel.
Slideshow ( 4 images )Panahi, 21, set up the Namad Gallery at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in September.
Her aim was to revive the use of felt in art, to showcase her war-torn country’s creativity and to try to create jobs for young people hit hard by the pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused.
In addition to generating jobs, Panahi said she wanted to find a way of reintroducing felt to traditional arts and crafts in Afghanistan.
“When I paint, it is a kind of expression of my feelings on canvas, paper, or felt that I enjoy,” she said.
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