Women in Azerbaijan use ancient craft to feed families

68-year-old Raisa Farzalizade is a reed weaver from Musakucha village in Masalli, a southern district of Azerbaijan. 

In Masalli, women have kept the art of weaving with reeds alive--and the craft has provided them with a way to earn money outside of traditional farm work. 

For the past 45 years, Raisa has been supporting her family by weaving mats. She continues to weave today to supplement her pension, despite the fact that the work is hard.


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