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Ancient Armenia architecture in Turkey
Turkey
By David Grigoryan
18 Oct 2016

Armenian church of Holy Cross on Agtamar island. The church is under UNESCO protection since 2007.

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Ancient Armenia architecture in Turkey
Agdamar
By David Grigoryan
18 Oct 2016

Armenian church of Holy Cross on Agtamar island. The church is under UNESCO protection since 2007.
Muslim woman are posing in fornt of the altar.

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Jamdani Weaving: Ancestral Tradition ...
South Rupshi, Bangladesh
By Karim + Jenny
29 May 2015

Text by Jenny Gustafsson and Photos by Karim Mostafa
At first glance, South Rupshi looks like any other village in the Bangladeshi countryside. Tea stalls line the roads, kids play in the mid-day heat. Rickshaw-drivers pedal their decorated bikes. But something sets it out from other villages. Everywhere, bundles of yarn are left to dry in the sun. People on their porches spin threads onto spindles, scarves flow in the wind. South Rupshi is the ancestral home of a proud tradition in Bangladesh: the age-old jamdani weaving.

These days the village weavers are busy. The demand for saris is growing, the handmade fabrics are sold to customers all over Bangladesh and India, and exported abroad. Last year, UNESCO declared jamdani an intangible cultural heritage, stating its importance in Bangladesh as “a symbol of identity, dignity and self-recognition”. But things used to be different. Only a few decades ago, traditional weaving was a forgotten heritage.

Until sari entrepreneur Monira Emdad came and brought it back to memory. “In the early 80’s when traveling in rural Bangladesh, I came across hand-woven saris, more beautiful than I had seen anywhere else. I started bringing them to Dhaka, selling them from a small tin shed,” she says. Her efforts started a jamdani revival, which has meant the craft is now passed down to the next generation – providing an alternative to a rural workforce which otherwise is pushed into low-paying jobs with unsafe conditions. “This is much better for us. We can stay in the village and work nearby our families. And it’s not dangerous, we only use our brains here,” says weaver Mohammad Azim.
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Nepal portfolio final 20
Kathmandu
By Taylor Weidman
30 Apr 2015

Nepali soldiers and civilians try to pull down a dangerous section of severely damaged wall that is in danger of collapsing in Bhaktapur, Nepal on April 30, 2015. On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 5,000 people and injuring thousands more.

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Surveying Earthquake Damage in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Nepal
By nomichele
29 Apr 2015

The earthquake, measuring 7.8 Richter, that hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25th, left  behind death and destruction. The capital Katmandu was heavily damaged, leaving temples, stores and buildings reduced to rubble.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Earthquake survivors pass by collapsed buildings in Kathmandu.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Three earthquake survivors (a women, man and child) sit amidst the rubble.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Neighborhood residents sleep, wash, and cook behind the buddhist Stupa.

Every square, yard and open space in Kathmandu is now a camp for survivors who lost their homes in the earthquake.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

A man walks through Gangalal Marg, a busy path that connects the tourist area of Thamel with Basantapur and Durbar Square.

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Surveying Earthquake Damage in Kathma...
Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Rubble and garbage from the earthquake litter the streets of Kathmandu.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Rubble from Durbar Square's temples.

Policemen remove dangerous pieces of the Maju Dega Temple's ruins.

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Surveying Earthquake Damage in Kathma...
Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Locals help salvage goods from a building deemed unsafe after an electrical fire. Power infrastructure was significantly damaged by the earthquake and locals now struggle to find electricity.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Locals collect souvenir bricks from Darahara tower's pieces.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

The remains of the UNESCO-listed Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu.

It is unclear how many people were killed in the tower, one of the city's premier attractions for both locals and tourists.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

The remains of the UNESCO-listed Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu.

It is unclear how many people were killed in the tower, one of the city's premier attractions for both locals and tourists.

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Surveying Earthquake Damage in Kathma...
Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Every square, yard and open space in Kathmandu is now a camp for survivors who lost their homes in the earthquake.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Rubble and debris on street corner is Kathmandu.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Trucks collect debris and rubble from Durbar Square's temples. Many of the most important buildings and temples in Kathmandu were destroyed by the earthquake.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

The entrance of Kakeshwar temple in Durbar Square ruined by the earthquake.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

An old woman watches the Taleju Temple in Durbar Square, one of the few temples that did not collapsed during the earthquake.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

A relief tent in Indra Chowk.

Every square, yard and open space in Kathmandu is now a camp for survivors who lost their homes in the earthquake.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

Every square, yard and open space in Kathmandu is now a camp for survivors who lost their homes in the earthquake.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

A woman stands behind a ruined building in Thamel, where shops, hotels and temples collapsed during the earthquake.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

The remains of a shop in the tourist district of Thamel.

This picture shows the ground floor of a 6 floor building that is leaning on the neighboring building and could collapse at anytime.

The entire area is not safe, with many damaged and unstable buildings.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

The building housing the tourist shop in Thamel leans on the neighboring building and could collapse at anytime.

The entire area is not safe, with many damaged and unstable buildings.

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Kathmandu,
By nomichele
27 Apr 2015

The remains of a collapsed house in Kathmandu's Chhetrapati Chowk.

This building was severely damaged after the 1934 earthquake.

Luckily, the family that was living there during the 2015 earthquake evacuated as soon as the first tremor came and nobody was injured.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Indonesian girl wearing batik in rural Yogyakarta.

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Java Batik 01
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Making traditional batik in Yogyakarta's Special Region, Indonesia.