1 The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is my favorite place to shop for folk art.
2 REDefine - this year's theme
3 Everywhere you looked, the market decorations were a festive red.
4 This is Mary Pradar, a master beader from South Sudan. Mary was a young Dinka child when war broke out in her country. For many years she worked as a cook for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
5 In 2010, she joined the Roots project which created opportunities for economic self-sufficiency for disadvantaged women affected by war. The beautiful traditional Dinka Yirol corsets that Mary beads and sells help her support her family and send her many grandchildren to school.
6 Akbarali Alijanovich Aliev from Uzbekistan, is a master of musical instrument design and production. He specializes in creating traditional lutes, stringed instruments, and wind instruments, displaying elegant, long-necked designs.
7 Akbarali uses bulberry, nut, grape wood, calfskin, goat and deer leather, and even fish skin for some specific applications. Inlays and engraving adorn the work.
8 Because I love shawls and scarves so much, it was a pleasure to meet Vankar Chhagan Samat, from the Kutch region of Gujarat state, India. A desert on the western shore of the Arabian Sea, the temperature can hit 122 degrees in summer and below freezing in winter.
9 People in that harsh environment need protection and it's up to the Vankar tribe to weave that protective clothing. The family’s weavings reflect the rich blues, golds, and bright reds of their desert environment.
10 These wooden sculptures were created by Zilo Bong, from Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides), a small Pacific nation of 83 islands located east of Australia.
11 Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan, from Mas village in Bali, makes masks from light pule wood for use in the Topeng masked dance ceremony. He also performs Topeng dance for ritual occasions in the Mas-Ubud or Denpasar areas.
12 The brightly colored masks feature as many as 40 layers of acrylic paint, which ensures their durability.
13 Since blue is my favorite color, beautifully dyed authentic indigo fabrics have always been a favorite of mine. The indigo fabrics from Mali artist, Aboubakar Sidiki Fofana, caught my eye as I walked through the Market.
14 Aboubakar Sidiki Fofana from Mali utilizes organic hand-spun cotton and natural indigo and mud dyes to create exquisite textiles, which are spun on a traditional West African loom and hand-stitched to create the finished product.
15 And speaking of indigo, this indigo necklace is a new design this year of Somporn Intaraprayong, a talented artist from Thailand.
16 Somporn Intaraprayong's indigo scarves - Somporn works with many women in remote villages in northern Thailand to preserve the traditionally woven designs.
17 I am never without a shawl or scarf, the key accessory when traveling. The rich colors of these felt and silk scarves are made by Farzana Sharshenbieva, from Kyrgyzstan. There is always a wide variety of color to choose from.
18 I found a beautiful black and red embroidered shawl at the booth of Hind El-Arabi and Somaya II Abuowda, from the Palestinian Territories. The detailing of the panel was exquisite.
19 Hind El-Arabi and Somaya II Abuowda partner with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs a self-supporting embroidery program that employs over 500 refugee women in the Gaza Strip to produce these beautiful shawls and clothing.
20 For unique jewelry at the market, visit the booth of Elhadji Koumama from Niger. Elhadji is well-known for the wonderful workmanship and details of his jewelry.
21 Each piece is distinctive and are made by the lost wax method. The pieces are hammered and engraved and adorned with stones.
22 It was good to see Joy Ndungutse, my dear friend from Rwanda. Joy and her sister, Janet, founded Gahaya Links and turned Rwanda’s ancient basket weaving tradition into a source of livelihood for post Genocide rural women.
23 When visiting Rwanda, I stayed with Joy and her family and I toured many of the cooperatives and met the talented women who make these beautiful Rwandan baskets, which are featured at the Market.
24 The mission of Hipego Ltd., from Zambia, is to preserve Zambian handicrafts, especially basketry. Makenge tree root baskets are unique to the Lozi/Mbunda tribes of Western Zambia. Gwembe, Plateau, and Cizongo baskets are made by the Tonga people of Southern Zambia.
25 It's fascinating to view all of the unique baskets made for the Market. These baskets were made by Divino Nino Cooperative in Columbia.
26 Divino Nino Cooperative also made these fun, colorful bracelets. The jewelry is made from cana flecha, a palm found throughout the American tropics.
27 The weaving of textiles can be seen throughout the market. This talented weaver works with Sabina Elena Ramirez from Guatemala.
28 Unique textiles designs are available throughout the Market. This beautiful brown design was at the booth of Aboubakar Sidiki Fofana from Mali.
29 This horse design textile is from Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery in Turkey. The Cetinkaya embroidery project has succeeded in empowering a large group of women to earn a sustainable income, and re-energize a 300-year Armenian textile tradition.
30 This caftan was made by Habibou Coulibaly from Burkina Faso in Africa. Habibou creates textiles using a mud cloth, or bogolan, technique and vegetable-based dyes.
31 This embroidered clothing was made by Dhanuba Jadeja of India, a self-employed women’s association, that organizes women in the poor communities of Patan and Kutch, providing them with a sustainable income, helping them move towards self-reliance.
32 Almost every culture around the world tells the stories of its people through handmade dolls, like these from Bolivia, which are elaborately clothed in the traditional dress of the region.
33 Erkebu Djumagulova, a textile artist from the capital city of Bishtek, Kyrgyzstan, is a master at capturing the expressions and customs of the villagers of her native Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, through the intricately dressed dolls made of embroidered felt wool, silk, and yarn.
34 These dolls were made by Ramu Devraj Harijan of India. They're given to children, along with the stories and legends of their native cultures that have been passed down through generations.
35 Besides visiting the booths of all the talented artists, I love to go through the area I call the Flower Market, which has a beautiful assortment of paper flowers.
36 The paper flowers look so real! The details of the flowers make each one so special.
37 More gorgeous flowers
38 Each year, I select an assortment of paper mache animals to take home. They are great to add to arrangements.
39 These amazing strands of paper weavings can be used for fun party celebrations.
40 Children visiting the market can learn about where foreign countries are located and facts about them. When they visit each artist booth, they're given a country sticker to place in their country booklet. It's a fun and educational exercise.