Just over a year ago, I was introduced to Michael Broder, through a colleague at TAFAList, Rachel Biel. Michael had purchased a kufe, but the sizing was off and it was too small for him to wear. I was enlisted to remedy that. The results can be seen on Rachel's blog at Afghan Tribal Arts
Last week, Rachel referred another customer to me. Another kufe, this one with straight sides, embroidered with Jerusalem crosses. An unfortunate victim of the household dog who claimed it as a chew-toy.
The kufe arrived a few days later, tattered and torn, with a section of the embroidery beyond repair. I sent a cost estimate to the customer, who responded today. He approved my plan to reconstruct rather than restore.
And so, my next salvage project begins...