A holy book in silken splendour

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Afghan master miniature artist Mohammad Tamim Sahibzada showing on April 19 a Quran handmade with silk fabric at the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Mourad Khani, in the old city section of Kabul. It is the only silk Quran that has been completed in Afghanistan and its creators hope it will help preserve the country's centuries-old tradition of calligraphy. It took a team of 38 calligraphers and artists specialising in miniatures nearly two years to produce the 610-page, leather-bound Islamic holy book.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'A holy book in silken splendour'. Print Edition | Subscribe