July 1, 2014
Plan A Visit To The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market!
Last year, Judy Espinar, one of the founders of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, was a guest on my radio show, sharing information about this hugely successful market. This is the largest and most successful market in the world for international folk art and I want to remind you that this year, The Market will run from July 11th through July 13th. Many of the artists are from developing countries, where the average income is less than $3 a day and where political, social, and environmental hardships can make everyday life, not to mention the creation of art, extremely challenging. In the last ten years, artists at The Market have earned more than $19 million dollars, providing them with the financial ability to radically improve their lives and their communities. If you wish to see the best in international folk art, add amazing creations to your home or wardrobe, and improve the lives of artists around the world, please make plans to visit the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in July of 2014!
1 This is the entrance to the International Folk Art Market.
2 This July, The Market will bring together more than 160 artists from every corner of the globe for a vast and colorful international bazaar.
3 If you are looking for unique scarves, Jabbar Khatri creates the beautiful Bandhani Textiles in unique tie-dye designs.
4 The detail of the design draws on timeless traditions while market-goers experience the thrill of discovering one-of-a-kind treasures.
5 A detail shot of the fine handiwork
6 The 7 Sisters from Kyrgyzstan learned their textile craft from their father, a master saddle maker. Here are the three oldest sisters.
7 The 7 Sisters create decorative motifs illustrative of their culture’s pagan symbols for earth, sky, and water, as well as animal life of the region.
8 Throughout The Market, you can watch artisans at work, which allows you to appreciate the detailed skill of these masters.
9 Bertha Medina of Peru does exquisite hand-carved designs on gourds.
10 The gourds are entirely hand carved. Design detail, such as this, is seen throughout the Market.
11 Reinel is a member of Divino Niño, an extended family of 40 artists, working to preserve Zenu culture through their art. They are known for their hand-woven black and beige “vueltiao sombreros” (hats with revolving bands of color). Finatur Design is from Columbia.
12 Mexico has 26 talented artisans represented at the Market. This is artwork from Crafts Cruz, known for their whimsy.
13 Hilario Alejos Madrigal is one of Mexico’s most recognized folk potters.
14 The largest assemblage of Haitian artists will be showing their designs this year. Decorative metal art is hand-cut from recycled steel drums.
15 The colorful, well-constructed baskets from Rwanda are a market favorite each year. Gahaya Links Cooperative, which makes the baskets, has over 4,000 members.
16 One of the leading international artists in indigo is Aboubakar Sidiki Fofana from Mali. Aboubakar utilizes organic hand-spun cotton and natural indigo and mud dyes to create exquisite textiles.
17 Unique colorful bracelets are made from PVC Pipe. These bracelets are made from 9 regions in Namibia.
18 A former Sudanese Army cook started a new career by making these beautiful traditional Dinka Yirol corsets.
19 Zulu telephone wire weaving evolved from traditional hand woven grass baskets and pots. In the 1950s, South African weavers innovated the disc-like shapes by making baskets from telephone wire instead of grass. The pots are used for storing grains and dry foods and during religious ceremonies.
20 If you are looking for fabulous jewelry, the Tuareg Silver jewelry from Niger is a special purchase for yourself or as a gift.
21 Many Ceramics products are available at the market. This Blue ceramic is from the village of Rishtan in Uzbekistan, the oldest center of ceramic art in Central Asia.
22 Children are welcomed on Sunday when they can participate in a Passport exercise of collecting country stamps in their Passport Book and learning facts about the countries that the artists represent.
23 You are welcomed by friendly and helpful volunteers. More than 1200 volunteers make the Market a success.
24 After gathering colorful flowers and craft purchases, you will leave the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market knowing that you'll have amazing crafts, cultures, and special stories to share with family and friends. It's a wonderful experience!