Sodiqjan works with great focus and a sense of urgency. He is not only Tajikistan’s most celebrated “kandakors,” or woodcarver, he is also the country’s most respected teacher of the craft. As a fourth-generation artisan based in a field at risk of dying out, Sodiqjan works hard to ensure that the tradition not only continues, but thrives in the future. In acknowledgement of his quality and innovation of the traditional craft, UNESCO has given Sodiqjan its Seal of Excellence. He is proud of this achievement and can’t wait to share his and his students' talents with you.