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TRIBAL WARES IN KASPIA’S CARAVAN
THE splashes of colour that adorn every inch of Kaspia’s Caravan is the first thing you will notice when you walk into the Afghan bazaar.
Look a little closer and you will find that it is the stories behind each vibrant product that makes them truly rich.
The owner Kaspia Warner and her husband Benjamin Gilmore are passionate about selling oneoff handicrafts and homewares to help support artisans in war-torn nations and developing countries.
“We love to travel to developing countries, dangerous zones and places that are really off the beaten track,” Warner says.
“As soon as I hit the ground in a city I go straight for the markets.”
Kaspia’s Caravan is a pop-up store currently open in Surry Hills, in collaboration with rug experts Afghan Interiors, until the end of February. The store and online shop is building a cult following of people looking for products from hard-to-access places in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Morocco.
Every piece, from the handwoven palm platters to tribal necklaces, and hand-loomed rugs, has a rich culture behind it, Warner says.
“Bringing something home that tells a story inspires you on a daily basis. It talks of a time and place that is still on earth,” she says.
Warner, who will move the popup store to Alexandria in March, is determined to help artisans keep their traditions alive.
“They are not going to be able to keep doing these crafts, they are going to end up finding jobs working in the factories,” she says.
Kaspia Warner in her colourful and vibrant pop-up Afghan bazaar Kaspia's Caravan.