Blacksmiths business Unprecedented declines significantly in Kunduz

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — Blacksmiths in Kunduz sounded the alarm over a dramatic downturn in their centuries-old craft, pointing to the rising tide of foreign imports as a direct threat to their livelihood.

The local artisans, who have long contributed to the market with handmade tools and implements, report a steep decline in demand.

“In the past, the people were using smithery tools such as axes and shovels, but now the products are being imported from abroad.

Many use foreign products, not domestic products,” lamented Habibullah, a veteran blacksmith, reflecting on the changing preferences among consumers.

This shift has not only affected the market dynamics but also the perception of quality and value associated with local craftsmanship.

“The domestic products are strong and good quality with cheap prices. The foreign products are low quality,” argued Hamid, echoing a sentiment prevalent among his peers.

Despite the artisans’ pride in their work’s durability and affordability, the influx of imported goods has rendered their traditional skills less competitive.

Smithery is a trade that encompasses the forging of essential tools like hammers, axes, shovels, and knives.