In a recent post, I wrote about how my trip to India impacted me personally, and now, an article on is spotlighting why traveling there felt so necessary and important.

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I am part of task force appointed by the US Department of Commerce to study ways to bolster rug production in Afghanistan. Our mission in India was to measure the feasibility of migrating Indian rug weaving techniques into the existing Afghan weaving framework. Acting as a subject matter expert for the Commerce Department, the article states:

Leahy has also been instrumental in advocating for not only this meeting, but for assisting the Afghan people in reconstructing and growing their economy through the woven arts. To that end, Leahy has worked with leaders in the Afghan weaving community to establish the Afghan Carpet Center of Excellence (ACCOE).

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