Dari, Uzbek, and Uyghur T-Shirts
I’ve been in SWSEEL, the Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages here at Indiana University for the past few weeks, partially explaining the lull in posts. I’m doing second-year Dari, or Afghan Persian. It’s a wonderful class taught by an amazing professor.
As part of SWSEEL every year there is a t-shirt competition. Both this year and last (when I was doing Uzbek) I worked with an incredibly talented artist, Connor Sweeney, to design the shirts. Connor was in Uzbek with me last summer, Uyghur this summer, so we designed three tshirts this year: Uzbek, Dari, and Uyghur. Each of them features a proverb in that language written in calligraphy, and a drawing done by Connor of an architectural monument inside the outline of that country (Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Xinjiang, China, respectively).
Here are the designs we put together:
The Dari shirt features the Mazar-i Sharif shrine of Ali and a quote from the Shahname that reads, “Thy source of might is knowledge, for learning makes old hearts grow young again.”
The Uyghur shirt shows the Emin Minaret in Turpan, Xinjiang and the proverb reads “Better to be the sole of a shoe in your homeland than a king abroad.”
The Uzbek shirt features the Mir-i Arab madrasah in Bukhara and the quote reads, in the three alphabets Uzbek is written in, “Power is in Justice – Amir Temur.”