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Around Town : Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

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Hi - I am Kate, an employee who loves folk art and recently went to the amazing Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.  This annual event is the largest market in the world. This year, more than 170 master folk artists representing 52 countries were selected to participate in this colorful, creative event attended by over 25,000 people.

Santa Fe Intl Market

Empowering Women – Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities.

This year the Market featured a new exhibition, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities. This exhibition showed the great impact of women cooperatives, throughout the world, is giving women an opportunity to get out of poverty and have a market for their crafts. Their stories in the exhibit were inspiring.

Did you know that 2012 has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Year of Cooperatives?

Empowering Women

Let me show you this amazing event with the photographs that I took. I am sure next year you will want to experience this event.

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On Sunday children who attended the market picked up their own passport book and map so they could collect country stamps as they visited the artists with their families.

2 On Sunday children who attended the market picked up their own passport book and map so they could collect country stamps as they visited the artists with their families.

Carmen showed me her passport book .

3 Carmen showed me her passport book .

Janet Nkubana and her sister founded the Gahaya Links Cooperatives to turn Rwanda’s basket weaving tradition into a source of livelihood for rural women.

4 Janet Nkubana and her sister founded the Gahaya Links Cooperatives to turn Rwanda’s basket weaving tradition into a source of livelihood for rural women.

They have been successful in generating a livable income for over 4,000 women and enabling them to get out of poverty to feed and educate their children. The baskets are available on macys.com.

5 They have been successful in generating a livable income for over 4,000 women and enabling them to get out of poverty to feed and educate their children. The baskets are available on macys.com.

Rebecca Lolosoli founded the women’s organization, Umoja (meaning unity) in Kenya. They make beautiful traditional hand-strung, colorful beaded necklaces. www.umojabeadedjewelry.com

6 Rebecca Lolosoli founded the women’s organization, Umoja (meaning unity) in Kenya. They make beautiful traditional hand-strung, colorful beaded necklaces. www.umojabeadedjewelry.com

The Saraguro women of highland southern Ecuador have been creating beautiful beaded collars for many years.

7 The Saraguro women of highland southern Ecuador have been creating beautiful beaded collars for many years.

Ana Victoria learned bead weaving from an older woman in her village.

8 Ana Victoria learned bead weaving from an older woman in her village.

Amina Yabis showed my good friend, Willa Shalit and I the jewelry which is made with hand –woven  buttons.

9 Amina Yabis showed my good friend, Willa Shalit and I the jewelry which is made with hand –woven buttons.

Amina formed  a women’s craft association  called Golden Buttons to market this traditional craft with 400 women from her province.

10 Amina formed a women’s craft association called Golden Buttons to market this traditional craft with 400 women from her province.

So good to see the Haitian artists affected by the earthquake at the Market to sell their art. Pierre Edgard makes colorful papier-mâché masks and animals.

11 So good to see the Haitian artists affected by the earthquake at the Market to sell their art. Pierre Edgard makes colorful papier-mâché masks and animals.

Pierre is president of a cooperative of over 300 Haitian artists. His roosters were so colorful.

12 Pierre is president of a cooperative of over 300 Haitian artists. His roosters were so colorful.

Serge Jolimeau is a master artist who makes metal art out of steel drums.

13 Serge Jolimeau is a master artist who makes metal art out of steel drums.

He was inspired by blacksmiths in his neighborhood in Haiti. He has trained many of the best metal artisans in Haiti.

14 He was inspired by blacksmiths in his neighborhood in Haiti. He has trained many of the best metal artisans in Haiti.

I continuously return to the booth of one artisan, Bertha Medina to be in awe of the hand carved details of her designs on gourds.

15 I continuously return to the booth of one artisan, Bertha Medina to be in awe of the hand carved details of her designs on gourds.

Bertha is from a small village high in the Andes of Peru and learned her craft from her father.

16 Bertha is from a small village high in the Andes of Peru and learned her craft from her father.

She showed me the tools she uses to carve the finely detailed design of each piece.

17 She showed me the tools she uses to carve the finely detailed design of each piece.

Ramu Devraj Harijan lives in the Banni region of northern  India. This region is know for quilt making and embroidery.

18 Ramu Devraj Harijan lives in the Banni region of northern India. This region is know for quilt making and embroidery.

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The men source and sew the cloth and the women complete the products with beautiful embroidery.  I purchased a beautiful handbag and cloth doll.

20 The men source and sew the cloth and the women complete the products with beautiful embroidery. I purchased a beautiful handbag and cloth doll.

It was so wonderful to be greeted by the friendly face of David Cajo from Chijnaya, Peru.

21 It was so wonderful to be greeted by the friendly face of David Cajo from Chijnaya, Peru.

The hand –dyed, Alpaca yarn embroideries called Bordados are scenes from the daily life in the villages.

22 The hand –dyed, Alpaca yarn embroideries called Bordados are scenes from the daily life in the villages.

Somporn Intaraprayong works with women from Thailand to make hand sewn garments. The cotton clothing is coated with egg whites for a shiny finish.

23 Somporn Intaraprayong works with women from Thailand to make hand sewn garments. The cotton clothing is coated with egg whites for a shiny finish.

Elhadji Koumama is from a family of famous Tuareg silversmiths in Niger.

24 Elhadji Koumama is from a family of famous Tuareg silversmiths in Niger.

His father was one of  the most famous silversmiths www.tuaregjewelry.com and jewelry is an important art in their culture.

25 His father was one of the most famous silversmiths www.tuaregjewelry.com and jewelry is an important art in their culture.

Kholiddin Alieu is a master chess maker from Uzbekistan and learned his craft from his father.

26 Kholiddin Alieu is a master chess maker from Uzbekistan and learned his craft from his father.

The details of the chess pieces were exquisite.

27 The details of the chess pieces were exquisite.

Memet Cetinkaya works with Armenian women to produce embroidered textiles that have been past down through generations.

28 Memet Cetinkaya works with Armenian women to produce embroidered textiles that have been past down through generations.

Rustan Usmanou produces blue ceramics from the village of Rishtan in Uzbekistan. Rishtan is the oldest center of ceramic art in Central Asia.

29 Rustan Usmanou produces blue ceramics from the village of Rishtan in Uzbekistan. Rishtan is the oldest center of ceramic art in Central Asia.

The designs are hand painted in beautiful shades of turquoise, dark blue and brown.

30 The designs are hand painted in beautiful shades of turquoise, dark blue and brown.

Addul Khatri and his brothers continue Bandhani craft, traditional textiles art that involves intricate tying design to create beautiful patterns.

31 Addul Khatri and his brothers continue Bandhani craft, traditional textiles art that involves intricate tying design to create beautiful patterns.

The fabric is completely tied and then dyed

32 The fabric is completely tied and then dyed

Comments (9)

  • Thank you for sharing your positive experiences at the Market this year. We hope more people will learn about the Market and its mission to empower folk artists across the globe.

  • Incredible and inspiring. Thank you SO much for sharing all these pictures with us. All those smiling and creative people from around the world. Sure makes one put things in perspective.

  • I went to the Santa Fe market for the first time this year. It was amazing. If you appreciate folk art you might be interested in a market held every November in Mexico. This is our 9th annual year. 72 artisans from all over Mexico come to Chapala, south of Guadalajara for 3 days. We do not charge the artisans -- they keep all the money they make. for more details go to http://www.mexicoartshow.com
    Thanks for your encouragement of worldwide folk art!

  • What an incredible event. Thank you for giving us a tour of the market and allowing us to "meet" so many of the very talented artisans!

  • I've just moved to Santa Fe and am so excited to learn about all of the great cultural events the city has to offer-- this one is a "must see" for next year! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Thank you for showing us these colorful and very interesting photos of the market. This is such an inspiration for crafters.

  • Great pictures! Amazing art pieces! What a great source of inspiration.

  • I WILL NOT MISS THIS WONDERFUL EVENT IN 2011. I HOPE KATE LEWIS WILL JOIN ME NEXT YEAR.

  • Thank you for the fabulous photos of this incredible event! I remember meeting Rebecca Lolosoli at the Vital Voices benefit here in Washington last Spring and was so moved by her story...know you are a devoted supporter of this cause, Kate...and an inspiration yourself!

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