Ishkar's glasses are individually blown by hand so each piece has its own slightly individual shape and you can expect small variations between them. We are offering these aqua coloured glasses in sets of two. Or you can also choose our vibrant mixed colour sets of six, exclusive to Plum & Belle.
Our values and this particular product:
- Natural materials
- Minimal waste, pollutants and emissions
- Community engagement
- Conserving traditions
With certifications (the glass is certified as lead-free)
Ghulam Sekhi is one of the last in an ancient line of glassblowers in Herat, Afghanistan, so we feel particularly passionate about sharing his beautiful craft with you. These gems are made in a mudbrick workshop at the base of Herat’s ancient citadel, using methods that are extremely close to those used when Herat's distinctive coloured glass was first created. The result is a product that has been traded along the Silk Road for the past two thousand years. Every single sale of this Herati glass helps build the stability Ghulam needs for his business to have a secure future, enabling him to pass on his skills to a new generation of apprentices.
Ghulam grinds quartz, plant ash (otherwise known as 'Ishkar') and natural oxides together to create the vibrant colours that make Herat’s glass so distinctive. He then blows each individual glass by hand and fires them in a traditional mud brick kiln.
Shipping: sent in boxes made from 75% quality recycled cardboard that are reusable and easily recyclable, packed securely with recycled craft paper.