Alongside the exhibition, the Aga Khan Foundation organised a Silk Road Bazaar in King’s Cross between 11 – 13 June 2021 as part of the weekly Canopy Market in King’s Cross, London.
The Bazaar brought together a select group of artisanal vendors (see full list below) from several countries found along the historic Silk Road trading route. Visitors were able to buy Ottoman-inspired silks from Turkey, Pakistani homeware, Afghan jewellery, leather accessories from Cairo, one-of-a-kind calligraphy art, Grade A organic saffron from Iran, handmade Uzbek hats, small batch artisan teas and baklava to name just a few items for sale. Through engaging with the market, visitors were able to learn about traditional craftsmanship and directly support artisans from Central and South Asia and the Middle East.
As part of its economic development work, the Aga Khan Foundation supports numerous artisans in counties along the Silk Road to develop their businesses to sustain livelihoods, create new jobs and preserve cultural heritage. The Silk Road Bazaar in London has been created to support local artisans and also to bring attention to the plurality of artisanal heritage found in counties along the Silk Road.
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