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Photo-Essay: Drone Rugs from Pakistan

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Recently, David Conrad of the Public Radio International (PRI) reported that the traditional rugs hand-woven in Pakistan, mostly by refugee women, have drones featured on them. Kevin Sudeith, who had been collecting war-rugs and selling them through his website, spoke to PRI about this new phenomenon. While the old war rugs featured images of helicopters, tanks, rifles, and grenades, drone is a new entrant. There are three rugs so far, which have hand-woven images of drones.

It appears through these rugs, the women are sending out a message of aesthetic resistance against western drone attacks in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where violence is an everyday reality.

1Predator drones featured on rug

2Reaper drones woven on rug

3Drones woven on rugs

Picture courtesy: Public Radio International and War Rugs

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