Goat cheese, fresh vegetables and no stress do a
May 11, 2004
Her name is Saltanat. Her relatives, children, grand
grand children and friends call her Aunt Sally (Khalleh Sally -
for Saltanat). No one, not even her children, know for sure how
really is. But older relatives and friends swear that she is OVER
her health has been deteriorating of late, Aunt Sally still lives
by herself in a mud house located in the village of Lavlichi
on the edge of Iran's central plains between Isfahan and Naeen.
Sally has never taken so much as a single Aspirin or used a band
a cut on her hands. She owns a few goats and free range chickens
constant supply of eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt. The village
ghanat (Iran's native irrigation mechanism) that gives her enough
water to grow a few patches of tomatoes, carrots and keep
fruit trees alive.
The nearest important and happening
place is the township of Tudeshk
which straddles the main transit highway connecting Tehran
Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas. People of this region
harshly dry desert climate.
In the absence of large scale and
farming, the main source of income for a large portion of the
in the area has been the production of hand knotted Persian
of Tudeshk and Naeen designs.
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