2 Elhadji Koumama is a silversmith from Niger. Working with 40-silversmiths in his own workshop and in neighboring towns, he not only runs his jewelry business, but helps feed families in nearby villages.
3 This is a piece of the Tuareg silver jewelry from Niger.
4 Erkebu is a textile artist from the capital city of Bishtek, Kyrgyzstan who makes special felt dolls. All of her pieces represent traditional Kyrgyz dress.
5 The elegant and whimsical Angel Aiperi figure is handmade in Kyrgyzstan out of felt.
6 Omba Arts Trust is an organization that supports artisans from Namibia. It holds workshops to help the artists improve their skills. The organization represents 12-artist groups and a total of 450 Namibian-born producers.
7 These unique and colorful bracelets are made from PVC Pipe. The etched bracelets used to be made from ivory or animal bone. As these materials became endangered, the artists started making the bracelets from PVC, preserving the integrity of the original Himba designs. These bracelets are a favorite gift for Kate's nieces.
8 Gahaya Links is a Women’s Cooperative, which turned Rwanda’s ancient basket weaving tradition into a source of livelihood for about four-thousand rural women. This successful model has generated a livable income for these women, and enabled them to feed and educate their children.
9 Using naturally dyed sweet grasses, sisal, papyrus and bamboo these traditional peace basket are essential to daily life for the people of Rwanda. This time honored art form is used for everything from wedding gifts to child naming ceremonies. The hut design basket represents the traditional style of home found throughout Rwanda.
10 Artisanat de Femmes Khenifra is a cooperative with 17-female artists from Khenifra, Morocco. The women’s cooperative has been producing jalaba button jewelry for more than six-years, which is an essential part of traditional Moroccan dress.
11 The jalaba button featured in the jewelry is made from sabra, a natural thread that comes from the local agave plants. The earrings are finished with glass beads and 100-percent stainless steel.
12 These are three of seven sisters who produce layered, mottled felt products in the tradition of "ala-kiyiz" to design beautiful scarves. For 13-years, the sisters have worked together, pressing vibrant felt into the rippling designs that tell stories of their culture.
13 The Ahar wrap is created using the traditional “ala-kiyiz” technique which combines delicate, airy silk with two layers of felted Kyrgyz wool. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the botanical design is patterned, cut from the felted wool, and layered onto the silk.
14 Abduljabbar and his brother Adbullah Khatri are the founders of Sidr Craft. Their 22-year-old company, based in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat, sources textiles dyed in the bandhani tradition from more than 150-independent artists.
15 The process of creating bandhani is similar to that of making tie-dye. The fabric is knotted, pinched, and threaded, and the finished piece often has a variety of blended, contrasting hues.
16 Self Help Enterprises is a nonprofit organization focused on women’s welfare in rural parts of India. Its mission is to provide women the training and support to produce exquisite Kantha textiles, and to empower the women of rural India to generate their own incomes.
17 This Birds Scarf is handmade by the women of Self Help Enterprises in India using the Kantha stitching technique, a centuries-old running stitch used for joining layers of fabric. This stylish scarf is woven out of silk and the design is inspired by the birds found in the mountainous region of Bengal, India.
18 Luis Mendez is a master artist of Luis Méndez Artesanos, based in Salamanca, Spain. Raúl, Jerónimo, and Luis are following in the footsteps of their grandfather, using a filigree technique to produce signature jewelry shaped of gold and silver threads.
19 The silver filigree and coral earrings can be used daily and for special occasions. Each earring is handmade using the centuries old techniques.
20 The Majo Moto Women’s Project is based in the Maji Moto Village in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. The group employs 30-women from the village who are vulnerable to the issues of drought and low employment. Beading has been passed down for generations in the Maasai culture, with girls sitting with their mothers and other elders to learn and emulate the creation of adornments for themselves and the men of the tribe.
21 This colorful bracelet was created by the women of the Maji Moto Women's Project in Narok, Kenya. In Maasai culture bead work is done solely by the women, and the women of the Maji Moto village are working hard to preserve this centuries old tradition. The strong, contrasting colors signify the duality of life for the Maasai.
22 Chanth Ngoun is the founder of Mekong Blue, which is a program of the Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) in the Sreh Poh Village of Cambodia. The center employs 40-female artists in the traditional art of silk weaving.
23 The process of weaving silk cloth can take up to three-months. The women harvest, wash and dry the silk. Then, they spin the silk into threads, and dye it. Next, they string the loom creating the patterns in the warp. Finally, they weave in the weft. The end result is an elegant work of art.
24 Giving an international folk art present provides an interesting story about the history of the piece, and helps to contribute to the lives of artists around the world. Be sure to visit the web site to see the beautiful products presented. http://ifamonline.org