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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, March 2011
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Featuring: Kamela Sediqi
288 pages
ISBN: 0061732370
EAN: 9780061732379
Kindle: B004IWR3A6
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Very Interesting Story of the Plight of Afghani Women"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Reviewed by Lara Taylor
Posted June 2, 2011

Non-Fiction Biography

THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA gives us a glimpse of what it's like to be a woman in Afghanistan at a time when we, as Americans, assume we know that they are oppressed. In reality, the capital city of Khair Khana was a liberated city where women worked, were educated, and dressed as they pleased before the Taliban made their violent appearance. As the women's lives are turned upside-down by the ever- tightening restrictions of the Taliban, Kamila Sidiqi struggles to find a way to provide for her family. Finally, she realizes that with the edict that all women be completely covered by a chadri (the body covering with only a 2"x3" mesh slit for their eyes), baggy pants, and long-sleeved shirt, there is a gap in the tailoring business; most women do not own these items. She comes to believe that if she were to train to become a seamstress, she could not only provide income for her family but jobs for her sisters and neighbors, all within the restrictions of the Taliban. Not to say that this endeavor was easy by any means, but Kamila saw hope, and was constantly moving forward, refining their plans and making changes to their business as necessary.

This book really opened my eyes. I had no idea that Afghani women moved about freely before the Taliban and that it was THEIR restrictions that caused women to be treated in the way we Westerners now consider the norm; it was not the norm for them at all. We really get to know Kamila as we move through the story and I get the sense they are just like us in a lot of ways: preparing meals, worrying, listening to music, reading and swapping books, talking about fashion, wanting to improve their educations and lots in life---I found them more similar to me than I thought! Very interesting read that is full of tension that had me coming back time and again. Great story to spark discussion! I highly recommend it!

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The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation.

Afghanistan's future remains uncertain as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the news. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana moves beyond the headlines to transport you to an Afghanistan you have never seen before. This is a story of war, but it is also a story of sisterhood and resilience in the face of despair. Kamila Sidiqi's journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.

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