1 This is the entrance to the International Fold Art market.
2 The market is decorated with colorful banners.
3 A really great banner
4 And another
5 There are also colorful flowers throughout.
6 This is the Children's Passport booth. Carrying a passport, kids can talk with artists from around the globe, and receive Passport “stamps” that show the flag of the artist’s nation.
7 Carmen with her passport - In addition, the children can see maps pinpointing where the artists live. This is a wonderful culture and geography lesson!
8 Janet Nkubanaw, from Rwanda, and my friends, Joyce and Judy - Janet and her sister founded the Gahaya Links Cooperatives,using basket weaving as a source of income for rural women.
9 Janet and her niece, Sarah - The Gahaya Links has helped more than 4,000 women, enabling them to rise from poverty and to feed and educate their children.
10 These are some of the amazing baskets, which are available at Macy's. http://www1.macys.com/shop/for-the-home/special-shops/shop-for-a-better-world/rwanda-baskets?id=39173
11 Rebecca Lolosoli of Kenya - She founded the women's group, Umoja, which means 'unity.' They make gorgeous traditional hand-strung beaded necklaces, like this one.
12 Another necklace - Rebecca was featured in Newsweek magazine as one of the 150 Women Who Would Change the World. www.umojabeadedjewelry.com
13 My friend, Willa Shalit and Amina Yabis of Morocco. She founded Golden Buttons, where women make jewelry out of handwoven buttons.
14 This is a basketful of those Moroccan buttons. Amina has enlisted the help of more than 400 women from her province.
15 Ana Victoria Saragno of Ecuador - The Saraguro women of highland southern Ecuador have been beading colorful colors, like this one, for many years.
16 Ana learned this fine craft of bead weaving by apprenticing with an older woman in her village.
17 Chantha Nguon of Cambodia - She started Stung Women's Development Center and teaches local women the art of Ikat silk weaving to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
18 Rangina Hamidi of Afghanistan - She and Fareba Durrani started Kandahar Treasure, where women do fine needle embroidery on clothing, called khamak, to generate income.
19 Rangina was selling beautifully embroidered scarves with unique geometric designs.
20 Kadyrkul and Farzana Sharshenbieva of Kyrgyzstan - 2 of 7 sisters that presented their beautiful silk and wool scarves made in the ancient ala-kiyiz felting technique
21 Bertha Medina of Peru (on right) - I am awed by the fine detail of her hand carved designs on dried gourds.
22 Bertha demonstrated her carving techniques - such talent!
23 Bertha is from a small village high in the Andes and learned her craft from her father.
24 Fatima Mohammed Al Musheiki of Oman, Joyce, and Judy - Fatima makes traditional Omani baskets using the fronds of a wild desert palm, called qadaf.
25 The fronds are coiled together and have leather bottoms. They carry both dry goods and liquid, such as camel and goat milk.
26 Serge Jolimaeu of Haiti - It was good to see Haitian art on display because the massive earthquake affected the entire artist community there.
27 Inspired by blacksmiths in his neighborhood, Serge is a master artist who creates metal art from steel drums. He has trained many of the best metal artisans in Haiti.
28 Elhadji Koumama of Niger - A Tuareg silversmith, wearing the elegant dress of his Tuareg culture
29 Elhadji is from a family of famous Tuareg silversmiths and his father was one of the most celebrated. www.tuaregjewelry.com
30 Rustan Usmanou and his son, Damir of Uzbekistan - Rustan produces handsome blue ceramics from the village of Rishtan, the oldest center of ceramic art in Central Asia.
31 The designs are hand painted in beautiful shades of turquoise, dark blue, and brown.
32 We were also invited to a cocktail party. This is Dr. Madeline 'Migs' Muldrow, who is celebrating the opening of the Village Health Partnership in rural Ethiopia, one of the poorest nations in the world.
33 Mig's program will bring much needed pre and post-natal care to the many women who live in the remote areas of the country, where medical care is non-existent.