Calabash, water container of vegetable origin (Afghanistan)

Calabash, water container of vegetable origin (Afghanistan)
1970. Calabash pot used by nomadic women (Afghanistan) © Museo Nacional Antropología.

Calabash, water container of vegetable origin (Afghanistan)

Afghan women, both nomadic and settled, use calabash, wood and leather containers for water and other liquids. Nomadic women tend not to use pottery, as their greater fragility and weight make them difficult to carry; settled women do use pottery.

Only 16% of the rural population in Afghanistan had access to water in 1991, and this rose to 47% in 2015. As in the rest of the world, the situation is much better in cities, where the figures were 43% in 1991 and 78% in 2015.

Photo, Arantxa Boyero Lirón