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A Traditional Afghan House
A Traditional Afghan House

Sat, Jun 18


San Juan Islands Museum of Art

A Traditional Afghan House

Come with us to the Afghan mountains where we will build our own family compound of two or three houses surrounding a tree-filled courtyard using cardboard, paper, paint, fuzzy sticks, and fabric flowers!

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Time & Location

Jun 18, 2022, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT

San Juan Islands Museum of Art, 540 Spring St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA


About the Event


Traditional Afghan architecture shines brightest in the construction of mosques. There one can see elegant forms and glorious colors. Traditional Afghan house looks humble in comparison. Unlike the Pamiri house, it doesn't have a skylight or elaborately carved ceiling beams. The Afghan home is cube-like in shape and most often the exterior walls are painted in soft colors of tan, terracotta, off-white, or burnt orange. The trim on the windows is often painted in white or turquoise. The rooftops are flat and used for drying laundry, enjoying sunsets, and socializing. A family compound might consist of 2 houses. It allows for greater privacy in the household where 3 generations of the same family might live together.

The grandparents are always there, ready to spend time with their grandchildren.

Afghan home has an element of surprise. The interior can be brightly painted and decorated with gorgeous silk and wool rugs. A bouquet of fresh flowers and fruit bowls are often placed on the table even during the weekdays and when no one is expected to arrive. A courtyard is a must-have. It has a place for serving tea and an orchard of a few fruit trees, such as plum, cherry, and almond trees.

Our project will focus on the exterior look of the traditional Afghan home, yet, also, you will have an opportunity to create a small pleasant orchard.

On-Site Projects in the Orchard - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Pick Up Take Home Packs - 11:00am to 1:00pm

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