By Cafe Dissensus
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.
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