Dreamt up in Kabul, Afghanistan.

After moving to Kabul as a teenager, my creativity thrived. I started creating art in many mediums I had never been exposed to before including jewellery making and designing. I could never find jewellery that expressed who I was, so in Kabul I started making my own jewellery. 10 years later, those were the designs that launched Blingistan. I want shoppers to feel connected to their identity with one-of-a-kind pieces that are also affordable and high quality. All jewellery is hypoallergenic, made with surgical steel, sterling silver and 24k gold. 

THE WATAN AFGHAN MAP RING, YAS! I'M AN
IMMIGRANT DOUBLE KNUCKLE RING, AND F*CK THE PATRIARCHY RING, ALL AVAILABLE NOW.

MADE WITH 316L SURGICAL STEEL, AND 24K GOLD
PLATING. HYPOALLERGENIC AND IN MULTIPLE SIZES!

THE LET THEM EAT CAKE NECKLACE, AFGHAN
NECKLACE AND SAY IT OUT LOUD AND SAY IT PROUD NECKLACE.

MADE WITH 316L SURGICAL STEEL, AND 24K GOLD
PLATING. HYPOALLERGENIC WITH EXTRA CHAIN TO MAKE AS TIGHT OR LOOSE AS YOU NEED!

  1. Why I want a husband from Afghanistan and not from the West (Post #4)

    Disclaimer: Please forgive the terribly heterosexual/cis-gender nature of this post, I had to lean into one side of my bisexuality over the other to allow this synthesis.

    Afghan men are not all trash. I was raised by Afghan men, and amongst Afghan men. Don’t get me wrong, Afghan women have done a lot- but the bulk of me being the way I am was done by my Boba, an Afghan man, and my brothers, Afghan men. I have written about this extensively on IG on Blingistan, and on my personal account, so pardon for the repetition. For the people that are new here, yes, I was unconventionally raised by a house full of men in Kabul, Afghanistan. I am only this outspoken because of Afghan men. I am only this patriotic because of Afghan men. I am only me, because of Afghan men. If you vibe with anything I say, guess what? You agree with a lot of the Afghan men I know and love. Afghans are not a monolith, duh, that is the premise of this online loya jirga/e-majlis.

  2. Magical Nadeeda, and Why Misrepresentation Matters (Post #5)

    For context, I just got finished with a procedure at the hospital, and my right arm is not functioning but I dragged myself to the god damn virtual screening and panel about the United States of Al because I had to see what these people had to say for themselves.

    To think we live in a vacuum is cognitive dissonance- the audience of United States of Al are the same people whose tax money fund the killing of our people in Afghanistan. If you keep feeding them misleading, cartoonishly over-simplified narratives that continue to normalise and justify colonial occupation, what do you think that does but sustain the status quo within the West’s Orientalised imagination of “the Middle East” (Middle East who? We border China) that is the lifeblood of the manufactured consent for the war machine that’s been rolling for the past two decades now? This is textbook propaganda in direct support of the killing of our people. 

  3. Guest Submission: The Current State of Ghazni (Post #11)

    The security is getting worse day by day, we were actually hopeful that the "peace" talks between the government and the Taliban would bring some kind of peace or at least a ceasefire for a while- we are so tired of all this! but that has been a disaster. The delegates from both sides are having the time of their lives staying at fancy hotels in Qatar while the people of this country are getting slaughtered like sheep. Bad news is coming from every corner of Afghanistan, news of blasts, skirmishes, police brutality... that has killed our people.

    Here, it is actually better to not listen to the news. Whatever is happening in your own area is enough news to deal with. Like in our area, Shalez/ شالیز, there has been conflicts and fights almost every day. Shalez is about 20 minutes south of Ghazni city, to the west side of the Paktika - Ghazni highway. This highway has become a living nightmare for us all: there are police checkpoints alongside the paved road for “security”, they say, but actually it’s for taxing the cargo trucks and fighting with the Taliban. Neither of which benefits us every day folk nor our “security”.