In this photograph taken on April 19, 2018 Afghan master miniature artist Abdull Sabur Omari shows a handmade Koran made with silk fabric at the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Mourad Khani, in the old city section of Kabul. / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR
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One of the only Korans ever made from silk fabric has been completed in Afghanistan -- a feat its creators hope will help preserve the country's centuries-old tradition of calligraphy.Each of the Islamic holy book's 610 pages was produced by hand in a painstaking process that took a team of 38 calligraphers and artists specializing in miniatures nearly two years to finish.Bound in goat leather and weighing 8.6 kilograms, the Koran was produced by Afghan artisans, many of them trained at British foundation Turquoise Mountain in Kabul. With the Koran considered a sacred text, calligraphy is highly venerated in Islam and Islamic art.It hopes the silk Koran will generate demand for more handmade Islamic religious texts that could create employment for its artisans and help finance the institute.
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