Humans of Kurdistan
The "Humans Of Kurdistan" project aims to present the cultural diversity of the country. A look at the faces but also the stories that lie behind each of them.

November 24, 2020

“I was only seven when I started learning to work on copper from my father, I really liked it. When I used to go back home from school, I used to go immediately to worm with my father. He taught me everything, and I didn’t stop after he was gone. We used you make designs on plates of copper, glass, iron and wood. For me, Shahmaran designs looks the best, and I started with Shahmaran as well when I first learned designing. Shahmaran is particularly important among women, when they were getting married, they used to draw Shahmaran on their heads for good luck. There used to be Shahmaran designs on doors and walls, but it doesn’t exist as much anymore. Through my work, I try to put life to Shahmaran again, by designing it on copper, glass, iron, rocks and wood. What we do is slowly dying day by day, but I have taught my children to do the same work, and my son works with me as well. I hope this work continues and doesn’t die out.”