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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 1:20 pm, Fri Jul 11, 2014.


Khamak embroideries: Rangina Hamidi, Kandahar Treasure - Booth 37 (cooperative) 

Rangina represents Kandahar Treasure, a cooperative of embroiderers creating unique traditional work inspired by Islamic geometric shapes and hand-embroidered on fabric. The cooperative has worked hard to revive this ancient art and the traditional designs that were nearly lost during decades of conflict in Afghanistan. 

Herat glassware: Nasrullah - Booth 144 (new) 

Nasrullah comes from a family of glassmakers, creating the famous blue glass of the Herat province. Following in the ways of his father and grandfather, he uses traditional and ancient techniques to make blown glass goblets, vases, bowls and plates. 


Enamel and inlay jewelry: Karim Oukid Ouksel - Booth 122

Karim’s jewelry is filled with filigreed geometric forms, reflecting the patterns found in Berber tapestries and ceramics of his country. To Karim, these pieces are more than decorative objects – they express poems, histories, rivers and mountains and the love of his motherland.


Kheta and indigo dyed quilts: Sona Rani Roy , Supported by Living Blue  - Booth 82 (new) 

Sona is a master quilter, creating traditional Bengali pieces known as kheta. She is known for making “white on white” quilts, with motifs and patterns telling stories of daily life or historical moments. Living Blue has helped revive the use indigo in Bangladesh and currently employs over 300 women artists. 


Ayoreo traditional flat panels and accessories : Ique Etacore de Picanerai, Cheque Oitedie Cooperative - Booth 20 (cooperative) 

Ique and Adriana are Ayoreo artists, making bags and accessories that are necessary to the Ayoreo people’s life in the jungle. Women harvest the plants and then weave together, passing designs and techniques onto their daughters. Weaving connects future generations to the past and helps the Ayoreo sustain their identity.


Natural dyed palm fiber baskets (open and lidded): Kathiku Muyevu, Etsha Weavers Group - Booth 11 (new, cooperative) 

Kathiku makes award-winning baskets using designs that have been passed down through generations. The Etsha Weavers Group also features the high-quality handmade baskets of Mahurero Diyeve, Diidhi Disho, Mashe Mbombo and Thimporeni Muronga. A single basket can take up to a year for an artist to complete. Collecting materials is a dangerous process, the weavers walking through lagoons with unseen holes and lurking crocodiles. 


Bogolon mudcloth and indigo dyed textiles (home and clothing accessories): Habibou Coulibaly - Booth 55

Habibou creates textiles using a mudcloth technique and vegetable-based dyes. He works alongside other artists, each who have their own strengths in the process of making the textiles. The textiles were traditionally worn as camouflage for hunting and combat and during important ceremonies such as marriages and christenings. 

Bobo bronze pendants, amulets and animals; wood carvings; hand woven indigo dyed cloth  : Boubacar Yampa, Boubakar Konate, and Madjelia Traore - Supported by Jofa African Imports - Booth 149

Many of Boubacar Yampa’s designs are generations old, utilizing the lost wax method of Bobo bronze art. People of his community wear talismans to help navigate life, helping the wearer ward off evil or manifest good. These include figures to cure illness, beckon wealth, or conjure love.

Continuing a family tradition of several generations, Boubakar Konate and his siblings carve animal-shaped stools, masks, and board games. The shapes of the carvings frequently represent the spirits of the bush, which manifest in animal form. 

Madjelia hand-stitches and dyes traditional fabrics worn by West African women as cloth wraps. The cotton is purchased from outlying villages and hand-spun into coarse thread. Using strip looms, the thread is woven into long pieces of narrow cloth and sewn into wearable panels. 

CANADA (Haida Gwaii)

Gold, silver, copper and stone jewelry : Gwaai Edenshaw - Booth 38 (new) 

Gwaai is a Haida artist known for his metalwork jewelry. His pieces are filled with Haida imagery, inspired by the totem poles he carved with his father. His recent work features cropped bentwood box designs from the Raven creation story and motifs from Chilkat mythology. 


Pots, decanters and vases handmade and forged in copper : Jorge Antonio Monares Araya - Booth 63 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner) 

Jorge’s copper pots are known for their warm, antiquated finish and unique texture achieved through the traditional use of fire and hammering. After years of research, he recovered lost techniques of forging and engraving, which he uses to create one-of-a-kind pieces. 

Horsehair weavings: Alba Rosa Sepúlveda Tapia, El Arte del Crin - Booth 94 (cooperative, UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Alba works with her son Wilfredo as award-winning weavers from El Arte del Crin. This unique cooperative focuses on a very specialized art form that utilizes hand-dyed and hand-loomed horsehair to make intricately woven miniature baskets, flowers and figurines in the shape of mythologized characters. 


Textile weavings (resist dyed, appliquéd, or embroidered) : Lu Rong Xiang, Supported by Dr. Andrew Wang - Booth 17

These beautiful skirts, jackets, and bags of the Luo Ethnic Group of southwest China are all hand dyed, appliquéd, and embroidered by one of the region’s master artists, Lu Rong Xiang. Men and the women of this region still wear the traditional robes and jackets for celebratory occasions.

Resist dyed or embroidered Miao textiles: Yang Cai Mei, Supported by Dr. Andrew Wang - Booth 17 

Yang Cai Mei’s batik and embroidered textiles are inspired by Miao traditions and legendary stories and culture. The richly woven and traditionally dyed and embroidered textiles are considered the major living art form of Miao culture. They are filled with symbol and color meanings of fertility, health, prosperity, or protection.

Silver work with designs of mythological people, animals and nature: Huang Guangwen, Minority People Silversmith Folk Artists Cooperative of Southwest China - Booth 32 (cooperative)

Huang Guangwen has traveled throughout southwest China to master the silversmithing techniques and designs of the entire region. The Minority People Silversmith Folk Artists Cooperative of Southwest China represents master artists who carry on their history, customs, and religion through the elaborate and symbolic designs of their silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other accessories.

Ornamental paper-cut : Hudie Zheng and Liu Xiaodi - Booth 33

Using only paper and scissors, Hudie and her daughter Liu Xiaodi skillfully reflect the rich aspects of daily life in their culture through the art of paper-cutting. Their work is completely improvisational, so every piece is unique and inspired. Paper-cuts are used to adorn gates, windows and lamps to bring good luck to the family. 

CHINA (Tibet) 

Tibetan Thangka paintings : Kalsang Tashi, Supported by Dr. Andrew Wang  - Booth 16

Kalsang creates Thangka paintings, a Tibetan Buddhist art form that encourages personal journeys for spiritual development. Through his travels and studies at numerous monasteries, he has created his own style of bold and precise, yet delicate, artwork. These vibrant and colorful paintings are used to represent the sacred objects of Buddhism.

Painted wood shrine boxes, appliquéd yak leather bags, Sherma (striped apron cloth), clothing, curtains and home accessories : Droji, Tsering and Chudron , Lhasa Villages - Booth 71

Droji is part of a group called Lhasa Villages that makes yak leather bags, traditional Tibetan striped aprons and products made with apron cloth, appliqued and tailored products, and painted wood objects. Lhasa Villages is dedicated to preserving Tibetan traditions and making sure that artists can continue their traditional livelihoods in a changing society. They also help source quality raw materials and revive lost skills, like natural dyeing.


Zenu indigenous hats and jewelry woven of Cana Flecha Palm: Reinel Mendoza Montalbo, Artesanias El Divino Niño - Booth 130

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, featuring geometric shapes and symbolic animals. The artists also make handbags, bracelets and jewelry. 

Crocheted shoulder bags and woven hammocks: William Lopez Armachez, Fundacion Einat, Supported by Earth Bound Inc.  - Booth 131 (new) 

Mochillas, a fine-crocheted bag of brightly colored cotton with bold, symbolic designs, are made by Olga Mercedes Siosi Epiayu and other Wayúu weavers. These bags come in many sizes and used for carrying everything from pocket change to heavy objects. William is an administrator of Fundacion Einat, a cooperative of Wayúu artists.


Naïve paintings and drawings : Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Arias, El Grupo Bayate - Booth 110 (cooperative, new) 

Luis creates colorful and vibrant work that showcases the cultural traditions and daily life of his community. His oil paintings show the love of his city, its people, and landscapes. He is a member of El Grupo Bayate, which also represents the work of Luis El Estudiante Rodriquez, Richard Bruff Bruff, Angel Llopiz Martinez, Luis Villalon Rades, and Roberto Torres Lameda.

Naïve paintings and drawings : Cenia Gutiérrez Alfonso, Roberto Domingo Gil Esteban, Nancy Reyes Suarez, and Carlos Alberto Cáceres Valladares - Booth 111

Cenia is known in her community as the “painter of guijes,” or fairies and mystical figures. Representing her community in her paintings through their legends, popular beliefs, fiestas, and religions, she enjoys capturing the lives of those around her on canvas.

Roberto’s brightly colored paintings portray the people and workers of the Cuban countryside, how they celebrate, their love of animals, their children and homes. He is inspired by his homeland and feels great pride in portraying the cultural traditions of his people

Every square inch of Nancy’s paintings is filled with figures, designs, and bright pigments. She uses a variety of materials including cloth, used ballet slippers and palette knives to make raised, tactile paintings. Her work expresses the environment around her, the city and the countryside. 

Carlos’ intricate paintings touch on the themes of the Yoruba religion, Santería, and its deities, the Orishas, as well as the customs carried on by the Guajiros, the people of the Cuban countryside. Carlos’ technique of applying acrylic paint with used toothpaste tubes creates a vibrant and pointillistic style. 


Crocheted bags made from recycled plastic grocery bags : Ramona Reynoso de Disla, Ramona Ortíz Rodriguez, Carmen Alvarez Messon de Jimenez, and Arsenia Reyes Gonzalez - Creaciones Ecológicas La Colonia Co-op / Uniendo Manos Dominicanas - Booth 58 (cooperative, new) 

Arsenia, Carmen, Ramona Disla, and Ramona Ortiz represent The Creaciones Ecológicas La Colonia Co-op, a group of 25 Dominican women who recycle used plastic grocery bags into crocheted purses and totes. Each finished product takes an average of 10-20 hours to complete and consists of over 120 recycled plastic grocery bags. 


Woven glass seed bead jewelry of the Saraguro : Rosa Elena Macas Quizhpe and Maria Juana Sarango Gualan, La Mega Cooperativa Artesanal de los Saraguros - Booth 54 (cooperative) 

Rosa and Maria are bead artists, making beautiful necklaces for daily life and for special occasions. They make their jewelry without written instructions or patterns, instead recalling how their mothers taught them and innovating their own designs. La Mega Cooperativa de Saraguro is a combination of five artist cooperatives that joined together to improve the quality of life for the artists and their families. 


Colored ink-on-paper paintings of village life in Southern Egypt: Hassan el Shark - Booth 29

Hassan captures a side of Egyptian life unknown to most outsiders. Using all natural, handmade inks, Hassan paints daily village life and the people, animals, objects and plants that surround him. Through his art, he hopes to show the hidden, beautiful Egypt he knows and calls home.


Provençal wicker work baskets, trays and racks : Blaise Cayol - Booth 64

Blaise gathers different types of willow and other local plants and then weaves baskets with his wife, Flavie, for daily use as well as for decoration. Motivated by relatives and friends that remembered the beauty of baskets, they have studiously revived renowned local basket making traditions.


Recycled glass beads: Ebenezer Djaba Nomoda - Booth 97

Ebenezer creates beautiful glass beads from recycled bottles. Glass beads play an important role in Krobo culture where they illustrate wealth and status. His necklaces and bracelets are uniquely designed and feature bright colors. 


Backstrap loom woven huipiles, rebozos and home and clothing accessories: Maria Luciana Pérez López, Tesoros del Corazon - Supported by Xela Aid - Booth 6 (new) 

Maria is the founder of Tesoros del Corazon, a cooperative of 13 women weavers. The artists make backstrap weavings including belts, tablecloths and traditional women’s clothing. Weaving is an important part of Mayan culture and patterns and designs are passed from generation to generation. 

Maya K’eckchi weaving on backstrap loom: Amalia Gue, Ixbalamke Cooperative - Supported by Olga Reiche/Indigo - Booth 18

Amalia represents Ixbalamke, a cooperative of women dedicated to the production of traditional textiles and preservation of traditional weaving. The members of the cooperative maintain the intricate technique of gauze weaving and the use of coyuche, or natural brown cotton, practices that are rapidly disappearing.

Painted wood masks and figures: Manuel DelfinoTambriz Cuc, - Supported by Doña Cristina SA/ Casa de los Gigantes - Booth 83 (new)

Manuel’s brightly painted masks and figures are used for the ages-old ceremonies and festivals of his community. His figures represent the ceremonial dances of Nahualá, the Dance of the Deer and the Dance of the Conquest, which are performed on feast days and special occasions. 

Hooked rugs with traditional Mayan and alfombras designs: Yolanda Sebastiana Calgua Morales - Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en Guatemala - Booth 100 (cooperative, new) 

Yolanda draws inspiration from traditional Mayan designs, taking recycled material and turning it into hooked rugs. Over 50 women throughout the Guatemalan highlands are part of this rug hooking cooperative, each one using unique designs to represent their ancestry, heritage and traditions.


Sequined and beaded Voodoo flags: Georges Valris - Booth 25

The beaded and sequined vodoo flags crafted by Georges Valris incorporate his particular beliefs and artistry into a form with a deep, multivalent history. These elaborately decorated flags feature glimmering, brightly colored and richly symbolic designs and are applied to a stretched canvas using crochet hooks. 

Recycled oil drum bowls and platters: Josnel Bruno - Booth 26

Josnel is a metalworker who transforms discarded oil drums into remarkable artwork with his skill and creativity. His hammered, chiseled and punched bowls and platters represent yet another innovation within the tradition that now defines his community to the world. 

Painting, acrylic on canvas: Pierre Sylvain Augustin, Merger Samedi, Marie Islande Ulysse, Jean Marie Edward Vital - Booths 89, 90 (new)

Pierre, a member of the Sans Soleil artist movement in Haiti, is known for his somewhat mysterious, dream-recalling paintings. He credits nature for providing him with inspiration and his work often incorporates humans in swirling, magical colors. 

Merger literally began to paint in the earthquake rubble of ruined buildings. His work caught the eye of another artist, who gave him his first canvas to work on. His paintings have a sincere simplicity, optimism, and innocence that convey happiness in the midst of tragedy and devastation.

Marie creates papier mâché pieces and is a member of the Dam Dam Cooperative. The group was created to help members rebuild their lives post-earthquake through creative use of recycled materials. Their papier mâché and mixed-media pieces are both functional and decorative, transforming what would have otherwise been waste into art. 

Jean’s paintings have clear, bright, Caribbean colors, demonstrating his familiarity with historic Haitian folk art painting. His painting is also a departure from the more narrative style of Haiti’s past, a unique and slightly surrealistic commentary on recent tragic events, the influences of Voodoo and politics.

Papier Mâché: Yvette Celestin, Herby Marshall, Pierre Edgard Satyr - Booth 113, 114 (new) 

Yvette is part of the new generation of Haitian papier mâché artists, making decorative and functional items for the home. These vibrantly colored vases, bowls and trays are carefully painted and often feature her unique finishing process. 

Using at-hand materials like paper bags and cardboard, plaster of Paris, and acrylic paints, Herby puts his own spin on traditional papier mâché art. He’s known for his colorful masks of animals, fish and birds in lively, creative shapes. He also makes jewelry and decorative jars using the same materials and techniques. 

Pierre creates papier mâché carnival masks, costumes, decorative bowls and birds, especially chickens and roosters. Each piece is uniquely painted with bright colors and careful attention to detail. He teaches the art form to children and women in the community of Leogano. 

Recycled oil drum sculptures: Serge Jolimeau - Booth 115

From recycled oil drums, Serge brings to life beautiful mermaids and shining suns. After flattening the drums, he employs hammers and chisels to cut the metal into fantastical designs swirled with Voodoo symbols and deities. He trains and mentors young artists in the art, allowing them use of his shop. 

Sequined and beaded Voodoo flags, beaded bottles, dolls and accessories: Jean Baptiste Jean Joseph  - Booth 134 (new) 

Jean Baptiste creates ceremonial Voodoo flags as well as other items featuring Voodoo imagery. His work is colorfully embroidered with sequins, glass and wooden beads. Raised in this Haitian religion, he is proud to be teaching his son the art form. 

Stone carving: Lenor Baldomere, Atelier Cormmier Stone Carvers - Booth 145 (cooperative, new) 

Lenor comes from a family of stone carvers, making figurative and functional works. His platters, bowls and sculptures are made from soapstone and riverstone. The Atelier Cormmier Cooperative is made up of families that were living at the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake. 

Voodoo tapestries on stretched canvas created with recycled materials: Dubréus Lhérisson, David Boyer - Booth 146

Dubréus and David collaborate to create works that combine traditional sacred art with innovative techniques and media. Their unique style utilizes recycled materials and found objects, including metals, textiles, old mirrors and buttons. The imagery depicts Haitian themes reflective of the Voodooan culture.  


Woven cane baskets, ceremonial headpieces and hats, beaded necklaces, clothing and home accessories with traditional Naga tribal designs: Tiala Marsosang Neufeld, Supported by Harry L. Neufeld Co. - Booth 7

Tiala’s woven shawls, wrap-around skirts, and shoulder bags are adorned with the designs that demarcate tribe, clan, and individual in the Naga culture. The Naga are also known for the jewelry they make and wear and the woven cane baskets used for utilitarian and ornamental purposes.


Copper coated, forged metal bells, wind chimes and musical instruments: Janmamad Salemamad Luhar - Sponsored by INDIKA - Booth 10

Janmamad makes the highly-polished and finely-tuned bells that hang in entranceways and are combined to make wind chimes and other forms of festive decoration. Melodic, forged-metal bells and wind chimes are part of an ancient tradition in his community. 

Chikan embroidery of Lucknow on cotton muslin and silk, clothing and home accessories: Mamta Varma, Bhairvis Chikan - Booth 23 (new)

Mamta represents a group of women artists who make traditional Chikan embroidery. This delicate needlework often features white thread on white cloth. The chikan motifs are transferred onto the cloth through wooden printing blocks, the blocks are instrumental in preserving a distinctive style and design identity. 

Banni embroidery patchwork home furnishings, decorative textiles and bags: Karmabai Merubhai Goradiya - Booth 53 (new) 

Meru Devraj represents the work of his wife, Karmabai, who embroiders bedcovers and wall hangings with motifs of daily life. Her work is known for its bright colors, mirror work and the intricacy and richness of her designs.

Warli paintings: Anil Vangad - Supported by Deccan Footprints - Booth 78 (new)

Anil is a Warli painter, reflecting village life and the natural world through his work. All the folktales, histories and legends of his community are passed down through this art form. Warli paintings are filled with symbolic images and play an important role in ceremonies and celebrations.

Lost wax casting “bell metal” animals, figurines and ornamental panels: Baldev Baghmare  - Supported by M/S Padmaja Srivastava  -Booth 98 (new) 

Baldev comes from a family of metalworkers, using the traditional technique of lost wax casting to create bell metal jewelry, housewares, tools and religious figures and items. Musical instruments, festive lamps and bells are still made as they have been for centuries.

Painted stories of the Bhil tribe: Bhuribai - Supported by M/S Padmaja Srivastava - Booth 99

Bhuribai paints stories using pigments extracted from leaves and flowers. Her paintings capture every aspect of Bhil tribal life – mythic animals, ancestral horses, forest creatures, the Bhil deities, and festivals. Recently she has included such modern luxuries as airplanes, televisions and cars along with traditional trees and animals.

Silk, wool and cotton shawls and stoles: Dahyalal Atmaram Kudecha - Booth 123 (new)

Dahyalal follows in the tradition of his family and village, weaving traditional and contemporary designs for over 25 years. Using hand-dyed yarn, these carefully patterned pieces have traditional and symbolic meaning. Knowing preferences for ceremonial fabrics, family histories and personal tastes, he is proud to clothe many communities.

Kantha embroidered bed covers, home accessories and bags: Bani Mondal, Mukti Mahili Samity Collective - Supported by Link Hands for Humanity - Booth 133 (cooperative, new) 

Bani is a textile artist and member of a cooperative of domestic violence survivors who make Kantha quilts, support their independence and their families. Using the remnants of old saris, the women take what would have been discarded and transform it into something beautiful.

Bandhani textiles: Abduljabbar Mahmadhushen Khatri and Abdullah Mohmedhussain Khatri - Booth 143 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

The Khatri brothers experiment with new fabrics and international markets, merging traditional and contemporary designs. From naturally dyed cotton Bandhani shawls, in the traditional indigo, to Habuti silk dupattas (long, multipurpose scarfs), their work has won awards and international acclaim.


Rattan wicker baskets, mats and bracelets of the Dayak Benuaq tribe: Ani, supported by the Non Timber Forest Product - Exchange Programme Indonesia Foundation - Booth 48 (new) 

Ani makes mats and baskets, harvesting all the rattan needed for her art, as well as prepares and dyes the material so that it can best suit her work. She supports her family with the income earned from the sales. Ani is assisted by the NTFP EP Indonesia Foundation, which helps communities manage their forest recourses in a sustainable manner. 

Ikat textiles of the Dayak Desa Tribe: Herlina, Koperasi Jasa Menenun Mandiri (JMM) - Booth 48 (cooperative, new) 

Herlina weave traditional ikat textiles, made with natural dyes. Motifs in her pieces represent daily life, the environment, her hopes, and her dreams. The JMM cooperative has 1,414 members and provides training and workshops as well as encourages conservation by building nurseries for the plants that provide natural dyes.

Balinese carved and painted wood masks: Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan - Booth 125

Ida makes masks from light pule wood for use in the topeng masked dance ceremony. The brightly colored masks feature as many as 40 layers of acrylic paint, which ensures their durability. He also performs topeng dance for ritual occasions in his community.


Yemenite jewelry and Judaica formed from silver filigree: Ben-Zion David - Booth 36

Ben-Zion uses traditional tools to shape sterling silver, semi-precious stones, lava, coral, and archaeological artifacts into filigree jewelry, including ceremonial items that have been used for centuries. For hundreds of years, Yemenite Jews have maintained a closely-guarded tradition of jewelry-making using precious metals. 


Gold and silver Sardinian jewelry: Andrea Usai  - Booth 52 (new)

Andrea is known for the precision and intricacy found in his beautiful Sardinian filigree jewelry. In Sardinia, filigree jewelry is often an heirloom gift passed from mothers to daughters on special occasions and may also be given as a token of love.


Tokyo-style kites made with Washi paper and bamboo: Mikio Toki -Booth 45

Mikio creates beautiful kites that have a stained glass effect when flown in the sky. Working in a traditional Tokyo style that began many centuries ago, he uses Washi paper and then natural dyes and ink to produce vibrant paintings on the kites. 


Kazakh jewelry; carved, ornamented boxes, mirrors and hair ornaments: Ilya Kazakov - Booth 22 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Ilya’s jewelry and carved wooden boxes and combs carry Kazakh symbols of protection. Set with local stones, his jewelry represents a rich cultural heritage. Using reclaimed woods from old furniture, window frames and pianos, along with distinctive metal plating, his traditional boxes are used to store combs and other treasures.

Felted rugs, pillows, scarves, clothing and bags: Aigul Zhanserikova - Booth 128 (new) 

Aigul is known for her traditional Kazakh felt rugs and scarves.  Each piece is brightly colored and features centuries-old motifs. Historically, felt made from locally raised sheep supported a nomadic lifestyle and felt is now experiencing resurgence due to its eco-friendly natural materials. 


Maasai bead jewelry and beaded clothing and accessories: Meeri Tuya; Maji Moto Widows Project - Booth 81 (cooperative, new)

Meeri is a mother and bead artist representing a village of Kenyan widows who make a living through the sales of their beadwork. These artists use colorful beads, leather, seeds, wires and string, combining them in artistic ways to create a wide range of jewelry and accessories.


Woven bark and leaf wall hangings, baskets, fans, accessories and hand painted tapa cloth: Tessa Horan Foundation - Booth 19

The Kingdom of Tonga is known for its woven bark and leaf purses, bags, baskets, and mats. The designs woven into the mats and tapa cloth are those favored by the King of Tonga. These items have utilitarian purposes and ceremonial significance. 


Felt work dolls: Erkebu Djumagulova - Booth 39 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Erkebu is a master at capturing the expressions and customs of the villagers of her native Kyrgyzstan through the intricately dressed dolls she makes from embroidered felt wool, silk and yarn. Today her repertoire also includes traditional clothes and decorated household items.

Decorated felt and cotton dolls and animals: Aida Maitasheva - Booth 62 (new)

Aida continues in the long tradition of Kyrgyz doll making, carefully selecting the yarns, felt, buttons and beads for creating dolls with unique hairstyles, faces and hats. Kyrgyz embroidery embellishes their carefully designed, traditional-styled clothing. Aida views her dolls and animals as a medium for teaching children about Kyrgyz history.

Embroidered and quilted children’s clothing and hats: Chinara Stamkulova - Booth 62 (new)

Chinara’s children’s clothing is hand sewn and incorporates traditional quilting, embroidery, decorative closures and amulets. Her clothing, including vests, dresses, jackets, coats, and hats, is worn by children for celebrations and on national holidays. Stamkulova views children’s traditional dress as a way to preserve Kyrgyz culture for future generations. 

Felt with silk and felt with Muslim shawls and scarves: Aidai Asangulova - Booth 95 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Aidai runs her own studio and is the founder of a women’s handicraft cooperative in her village that has 30 members and operates as a small business. The women work together to create felted and silk textiles that are distinct with unique patterns and designs.

Silver bracelets, pendants, earrings, rings, buttons and silver-with-leather belts: Zhanyl Sharshembieva, Aliya Sharshembieva and Zhylkychy Sharshembiev - Booth 118 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Zhanyl, Aliya and Zhylkychy shape, cut, engrave and solder designs into exquisitely detailed earrings, cuffs, necklaces, rings and saddles with silver and bronze. Drawing on their community’s traditions as shepherds and herdsmen, they create decorative motifs illustrative of their culture’s pagan symbols for earth, sky and water, as well as animal life of the region.

Felt-with-silk scarves and rugs: Farzana Sharshenbieva and Kadyrkul Sharshembieva; 7 Sisters - Booth 119 (cooperative) 

Working alongside her six sisters, Farzana follows in the family tradition of making felt carpets and rugs and traditional jackets as well as making scarves that combine silk and felt. These beautiful and delicate pieces are made with local raw materials, including natural dyes, sheep’s wool and handmade yarn from sheep.


Silk and cotton weavings of the Tai Kadai style: Veomanee Douangdala; Ock Pop Tok - Booth 12 (cooperative)

Veomanee’s silk and cotton weavings are made with indigo and other natural dyes, giving them rich and warm colors. The design and motifs represent the Tai Kadai culture and have symbolic meaning in Buddhism and animist practices. She is known for her traditional Lao skirts with geometric patterns. 

Tai Lue, Katu and Phoutai textiles; Yao Mien embroideries: Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre - Booth 85

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is the first culture organization in Laos dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of its diverse ethnic cultures and arts. Their textiles will represent the work of many master folk artists and their unique cultural weaving traditions. 

Traditional Lao textiles: BangOn Douangdala - Booth 137 (new) 

BangOn learned traditional cotton and silk spinning, dyeing, weaving, and sewing from her sisters and aunts. Her textiles have a special cultural significance and are used for clothing, ceremonies and spiritual protection. The patterns derived from nature are elegant and complex. 

Jewelry featuring the Dok Phikoun flower pattern: Orijyn - Booth 141

Working on a bench with a blowtorch and hand tools, silversmiths in Vientiane, Laos labor over silver ingots to create intricately made cuffs, bracelets and necklaces. The patterns feature the Dok Phikoun flower, believed to bring health, wellbeing and prosperity to those who wear it. 


Silver filigree jewelry: Katarina Doda - Booth 28

Katarina creates award-winning silver filigree jewelry, paying close attention to detail and shape. The most intricate pieces are traditional wedding gifts to brides, while simpler patterns are worn in daily life. Jewelry has been made by generations of her family and each piece requires much precision and numerous tools.


Traditional Malagasy musical instruments: Edmond Rivo Randrianarisoa; Cooperative Redona - Booth 13 (cooperative)

Edmond makes Valihas, stringed instruments made of gourd and cowhide and stamped with traditional images. The strings on the instruments are carved from local bamboo and pieces are created through artist collaboration.  

Woven silk, cotton and raffia accessories and home furnishings: Berthe Lalao Olga Razafinandriana; Federation SAHALANDY - Booth 140 (cooperative) 

Berthe is representing the 80 weavers of Federation SAHALANDY. The silk weavings of SAHALANDY are known for their wide range of colors as a result of natural dyes. The distinctive open weave design of SAHALANDY scarves as well as their numerous styles makes them highly unique. 


Fulani gold and silver necklaces, pendants and earrings: Ousmane Macina - Booth 77

Ousmane and his family have been making gold and silver jewelry for over 10 generations. Utilizing the symbols of the great Fulani empire, he creates graceful designs of twisted gold and silver wire filigree and granulation. Using handmade tools to produce his work, his jewelry is traditionally worn for special occasions and ceremonies. 

Sterling silver Tuareg jewelry: Mohamed El Maouloud Ag Hamid; Association Timidwa - Booth 86 (new) 

Mohamed learned the art of metalworking from his father, who learned from his father before him. His traditional Tuareg jewelry and knives are engraved and detailed with meaningful symbols and intricate design. He is the president of Association Timidwa, which has 70 artists representing Mali’s many ethnic groups. 

Indigo and mud-dyed woven clothing and accessories and home furnishings: Aboubakar Fofana - Booth 121

Aboubakar utilizes organic hand-spun cotton and natural indigo and

mud dyes to create exquisite textiles. His Sublime Indigo initiative teaches the techniques of textile production and stresses the importance of developing a textile industry in West Africa based on principles of sustainable development and respect for the environment.


Burnished clay pottery from Tonalá, Jalisco: Angel Ortiz Gabriel, Jose Angel Ortiz Arana - Booth 2

Angel and his son Jose Angel create handmade narrative pottery such as decorated plates, vases, nahuales, bowls and traditional Tonalá masks. Their unique style is easily recognizable. They are dedicated to reviving pottery styles from the 1920’s that include traditional country designs called “Fantasia’”(fantasy) and polychrome floral designs. 

Hand carved and painted dance masks and decorative masks: Manuel Abeiro Horta Ramos and Modesto Horta Ramos; Manos de Mexico - Booth 4 (new)

Manuel and Modesto are the sons of an accomplished mask maker. They carry on the family tradition, creating elaborate devil masks worn in the Pastorelas morality play, along with other traditional masks portraying hermits, ranchers, women and old men. They will also be representing their brother, Juan Jose’s work.

Hand woven and dyed wool rugs, pillow covers and handbags: Marco Antonio Bautista Vasquez; Supported by Manos Zapotecas - Booth 34 (new)

Marco is representing the weavers of Manos Zapotecas, a business that promotes and sells the woven arts of the Zapotec village of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Their high quality, hand woven and dyed, rugs, pillow covers and handbags feature patterns and designs used for centuries. 

Glazed clay, molded and appliqued pineapple pots, candelabras, bowls and figures: Hilario Alejos Madrigal; Quaucalli - Santa Fe - Booth 42

Hilario is one of Mexico’s most recognized folk potters, known for his traditional ornamental pineapple pots, elaborated with techniques of appliqué and openwork. Working not only in the familiar green glossy glaze, Hilario often utilizes yellows and blues for his pots, candelabras and punchbowls that are highly sought by collectors.

Hand painted clay scenes, masks, dragons, and demons: Octavio Esteban Reyes - Booth 42

Octavio is an indigenous Purépecha artist, creating masks, dragons, and demons made of clay. Using traditional Ocumicho techniques, he shapes figures by hand, which are fired and then painted using brushes made from human hair. They used mainly around Christmas and Holy Week in dances and celebrations. 

Backstrap loom-woven, embroidered huipiles: Odilon Merino Morales - Booth 57

Odilon and his family are keeping the rare tradition of Amuzgo “huipiles” alive. Hand-woven on a backstrap loom, these colorful pieces are made with local cottons and feature expressive designs. These designs are often of local plants and geometric shapes that have symbolic significance or personal meaning to the weaver. 

Jewelry, embroidered textiles, and rebozos: Soledad Eustolia Garcia Garcia, Elia Catalina Gutiérrez García and Alejandrino Osorio Flores; El Principe de Monte Alban - Booth 59

Soledad makes traditional Oaxacan jewelry alongside her husband and 11 children. Using numerous techniques and metals, their work often incorporates turquoise, coral, and pearls. The family workshop has expanded to include other Oaxacan artisans, especially those skilled in textile traditions such as embroidery and weaving.

Black pottery sculptures of women in regional dress: Magdalena Pedro Martínez - Booth 59

Magdalena uses the distinctive black clay indigenous to her town to form her sculptures of women in regional dress. Her sculptures are known for their carefully engraved details and for how life-like they are. The regional dresses are carved in minute detail, which gives each piece unique and specific embellishments. 

Hand painted Day of the Dead figurines: Daniel Paredes Cruz - Booth 61 (new) 

Daniel’s colorful skeleton figurines are used to celebrate the festival of Day of the Dead each year in Mexico.  The painting of each piece is very detailed and colorful, expressing the happiness that is felt when loved ones are honored on this special day.

Embroidered clothing and accessories; wall hangings and home furnishings: Berta Servín Barriga; Cooperativa Vasco de Quiroga, Textiles Bordados, Comunidad Santa Cruz “A” Tata Vasco, Municipio Tzintzuntzan - Booth 80 (cooperative) 

Berta is a natural-born storyteller, sewing her tales into cloth. Using numerous stitching techniques, her brightly-colored pieces feature scenes of cooking and fishing, weddings and stories from ancient Purépechan mythology. The exquisitely embroidered story pieces include rebozos, bed covers, shawls, tablecloths and runners.

Hand carved and painted figures: Agustín Cruz Prudencio - Booth 87

Agustín’s skilled woodcarvings have won him various awards in his home state of Oaxaca and nationally. His work carries on a centuries-old tradition of giving a baby a small carving of their spirit protector. Agustín’s wife is an excellent painter and collaborates with him to create innovative, intricately painted wood carvings.

Hand carved and painted figures: Agustín Cruz Tinoco - Booth 87

Agustín’s wooden figures begin as pine, cedar, or mahogany. He studies the raw wood in order to bring out its natural forms in the finished piece. He then uses various knives, agave thorns and needles to shape his brightly painted and intricately detailed jaguar boxes, religious figures and nativity scenes.

Hand woven and natural dyed silk shawls, scarves and huipiles: Moisés Martínez Velasco, Maria Santiago Santiago, Elsa Abigail Mendoza Antonio, Arturo Hernandez Quero; Museo Textil de Oaxaca - Booth 91 (new)

Moisés and his family create silk textiles. They breed the silkworms to make thread and use natural dyes to color the fibers, which are woven into garments on a backstrap loom. Their shawls and dresses are worn for special occasions. 

Maria’s cotton blouses are embroidered by hand with traditional designs representing the natural environment of her village. She works alongside her family, each woman doing a different step to bring the piece toward completion. 

Elsa’s textiles are woven on a backstrap loom with a warp-faced weaving technique. She uses designs from past generations as well as trading design ideas with her sisters and other family members. 

Arturo makes cotton and wool shawls by hand, finishing the edges with a fine macramé technique. He dyes the materials by hand, using natural materials. Shawls are used for multiple purposes and are worn daily. 

Terracotta figurines and animals: Jose Garcia Antonio, Jose Miguel Garcia Mendoza, Sara Ernestina Garcia Mendoza, Jose Luis Reyes Martinez - Booth: 112 (new)

Jose Garcia Antonio, along with his son Jose Miguel Garcia Mendoza, his daughter Sara Ernestina Garcia Mendoza and his son-in-law Jose Luis Reyes Martinez use clay from the soil of their village to create life-sized sculptures of Zapotec women and mermaids. After problems with his sight, he is now nearly blind but continues to work daily. 

Forged metal roof crosses of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas: Guadalupe Hermosillo Escobar - Booth 117

Guadalupe learned how to forge iron from a master forger. Iron-forged crosses were originally placed on homes to protect inhabitants from evil. Those same crosses, simple and ornate, continue to adorn rooftops as well as hearths in Mexico. The tradition has grown, incorporating symbols of love, family, good and evil.

Huichol - Wixarika yarn paintings: Mariano Valadez, Cilau Valadez - Booth 132

Mariano creates Huichol yarn paintings alongside his son, Rafael. These vivacious and elaborate yarn paintings incorporate spiritual and mythological themes. Their work features scenes from peyote visions, ceremonial life and Huichol cosmology. Through vibrant colors and unique details, the artists are storytellers, sharing their culture’s traditions and beliefs with the world. 

Ofebre filigree jewelry: Inocencia Hernández Ramírez; Supported by Museo Belber Jimenez - Booth 135

Inocencia works with gold and silver, making delicate and intricate filigree jewelry. Her earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings and bracelets often features turquoise, coral and pearls. This jewelry is traditionally worn during Oaxacan festivals and weddings, but many people have begun to wear it daily.


Necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from djellaba buttons: Rachida Ousbigh and Latifa Harchaou; Artisanat des Femmes de Khenifra - Booth 41 (new)

Rachida and Latifa represent a cooperative of 100 women from low-income families who make traditional djellaba buttons and have created a new art form by turning them into jewelry. The buttons are made with dyed silk threads and sewn with incredible detail. There are dozens of styles and designs. 


Psikelekedana softwood carvings: Camurdino Mustafa Jetha - Booth 148

Dino makes Psikelekedana, a type of softwood carving made from the wood of the cashew nut tree. 

He creates scenes of daily life and traditional ceremonies. The scenes help to educate the viewer about customs and also serve to express the history of the community and the culture it represents. 


Loom-woven scarves, runners, cushion covers and beaded tunics: Khun Shwe; Supported by Yoyamay - Booth 60

Khun creates textiles in the Chin style of weaving, one of the most intricate and unusual of weaving traditions in Myanmar. The textiles are made on backstrap looms. Her work includes simple everyday tunics, beaded tunics for special occasions and textiles that become part of a dowry. 

Northern and Southern Chin bead necklaces, home accessories and Karen lungyis: Thant Zin Khine; Supported by Yoyamay - Booth 60 (new) 

Thant is a bead artist, making traditional necklaces as well as woven textiles decorated with beads. The textiles are worn in daily life and are embellished with beads and shells for special occasions. Beads have complemented traditional Chin dress throughout time.

Elaborately costumed, carved and painted wood marionettes: Htwe Khin Maung, Oo Tin Tin, Htwe Oo Thet Paing; Htwe Oo Myanmar - Booth 127

Htwe and his cooperative are reviving the centuries-old tradition of making elaborately costumed wood marionettes. To make a puppet requires the skills of sculpture, painting, dressmaking, embroidery and performance and often needs the work of three or more artists to complete. 


Basketry, ostrich eggshell and PVC jewelry and beaded art cloths: Omba Arts Trust - Booth 21

The Omba Arts Trust is an organization that supports sustainable livelihoods through the development and marketing of quality Namibian art. Omba specializes in traditional baskets, ostrich eggshell jewelry, Bushmen art and textiles, and bracelets made from PVC pipe. Their artists come from nine regions in Namibia and represent 20 different cultural groups and communities.


Papier-mâché masks and puppets: Ujjwal Shrestha - Booth 1 (new)

Ujjwal learned many paper arts before devoting himself to papier mâché masks. His use of traditional materials and colors brings forth the facial expression of the deities the masks represent. His masks are made for people to bring home for peace, prosperity and good luck.


Tuareg leather work: Haoua Albaka; La Cooperative Tawre - Booth 24 (cooperative) 

Haoua represents La Cooperative Tawre, an extended family of traditional Niger artists. The traditional leather products of the Cooperative are made of goat leather, with cutout designs. All natural dyes are used to create the distinctive burgundy and turquoise color palette. These distinctive items are used in the everyday life of the Tuareg people. 

Tuareg jewelry: Moussa Albaka - Booth 24

Moussa designs gorgeous jewelry using sterling silver, Tuareg silver, and semi-precious stones. His techniques include engraving intricate geometric designs, using decorative inlay and a lost wax process. Many of his pieces show the repoussé style creating a raised design on the front by hammering a shape on the reverse side. 


Yoruba beaded crowns, ceremonial staffs, dresses, caps, shoes, bags, fans, walking sticks and foot rests: Owojori Alaba Asindemade - Booth 69 (new)

Owojori is a beadworker making traditional beaded bags, shoes, and dresses as well as staffs and crowns. Beaded clothing is a symbol of royalty in his culture. Known for his innovative beading skills, Owojori has expanded his work to include modern items such as purses, pillowcases and foot rests. 

Aluminum relief panel sculptures: Toyin Folorunso - Booth 74

Toyin creates intricate images on aluminum panels. He uses a repoussé method, which is the process of ornamenting aluminum surfaces with designs in relief by hammering from the back. The pieces tell local folkloric stories and of local ceremonial events and help convey the history of the community.

Ashiko, Djembe and talking drums: Akeem Ayanniyi - Booth 75

Akeem makes traditional West African drums that are played for ceremonial occasions and religious functions. These instruments are all handmade with local materials; carved from mahogany or teak, topped with cowhide and laced with rope strings. The shape creates the type and sound of the drum.

Batik and adire fabric and clothing: Gasali Adeyemo - Booth 116

Gasali creates beautiful fabric and clothing using batik designs and the traditional adire technique. He uses broom stalks, chicken feathers and cassava paste to make each piece. He specializes in the use of indigo dyes because of their importance to his people, and each textile has traditional Yoruba designs.


Ralli quilts (patchwork, appliqué, embroidery): Lila Handicrafts - Booth 9

Lila Handicrafts is a cooperative of women from a small village in the Thar Desert region of Pakistan. The women make colorful ralli quilts, patterned textiles made of old cloth from discarded clothing and household fabrics. The pieces are brightly colored and often have appliqued details. 


Embroidered clothing, accessories and pillow covers: Hend El-Arabi United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); Sulafa Embroidery Centre, Gaza - Booth 65

Hend represents the Sulafa Embroidery Centre, which provides incoming-generating opportunities for hundreds of refugee women through promotion and sales of traditional Palestinian embroidery. These textiles are filled with traditional Palestinian motifs and patterns, including cypress trees, flowers, tents and The Hajem, the symbol offering protection from the evil eye. 


Retablos, figures and masks: Claudio Jimenez Quispe and Vicenta Flores Ataucusi - Booth 30

Claudio and his wife Vicenta, represent the world-famous Quispe family of Peru, widely known for their Peruvian retablos. The Quispes are known for introducing contemporary themes and representing scenes of Andean life that encompass religion, customs, tales and legends and social life.

Handspun, natural-dyed alpaca and wool textiles: Nilda Callañaupa Álvarez and Gregoria Huaman; Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC) - Booth 44 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Founder and director of CTTC, Nilda began spinning wool from sheep and alpaca at the age of six, and was weaving her first patterns by age seven. CTTC weavers are remarkable in the quality of the textiles that they produce as well as their emphasis on traditional designs and techniques.

Silver jewelry with Inca and Spanish colonial designs: Hilda Valeriana Cachi Yupanqui and Sonia Cachi Yupanqui - Booth 70 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Hilda is one of seven sisters who are actively preserving silver working traditions passed on to them by their father, Gregorio. Her work, which fuses modernity with tradition, is represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection. Working alongside her traditionalist father, they maintain a unique style. 

Horn jewelry and utensils: Lider Rivera Matos - Booth 88

Lider’s jewelry, utensils, and hair combs are molded and carved from bull’s horn and show a remarkable degree of skill and attention to detail. His earrings and necklaces are intricately designed with geometric shapes and have a simple, classic elegance.  

Hand carved ‘mates’ gourds: Bertha Medina Aquino - Booth 96

Bertha learned the art of gourd carving at the age of five from her father, Evaristo Medina, who is also world-famous for his work. Each gourd is unique and tells a story of daily life in the Peruvian Andes. The gourds are carefully collected and painstakingly carved. Details are hand-painted onto the gourd and other shading effects are created using burning cords or small twigs to mark the gourd’s surface.


Abaca fiber and cotton ikat textiles, palm leaf mats and accessories: Myla Abalang Carcasona; CustomMade Crafts Center, Inc. (CMCC) - Booth 84 (new)

Myla is a master dyer and weaver. The techniques have been handed down through generations, but she puts her own personality and creativity into each piece she weaves. Her textiles are known for their bright colors and bold designs. 


Baskets: Gahaya Links Cooperative - Booth 43

Gahaya Links Cooperatives is a weaving association that makes beautiful traditional sisal baskets. The baskets are made by both Hutu and Tutsi women and have became known as “peace baskets.” Weavers from both sides of the conflict organized weaving groups in an effort to rebuild their lives, together.


Bead and wire sculptures: Lulama Sihlabeni; eKhaya eKasi Art & Education Center - Booth 3

Lulama represents the eKhaya eKasi Art & Education Centre. The artists of the center make beadwork and wire art. The beaded sculptures range in subject from animals to automobiles, and wall hangings are often busts of big game such as hippos and rhinos.

Embroidered, beaded and appliqued narrative textiles: Xolile Thembeka Hazel Ndlovu; Supported by Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa - Booth 126

Thembeka’s narrative panels, bags, and cushion covers detail her personal stories and provide commentary on the changing Zulu customs in contemporary life. Each piece is accompanied by a short paragraph that further explains its meaning. She is able to teach about Zulu culture through art with appliqué, embroidery and bead embellishment. 

Telephone wire baskets and bangles: Elliot Mkhize - Booth 129

Elliot Mkhize’s exquisitely designed baskets use the fine, even texture and variety of colors of telephone wire to produce the signature geometric patterns that define his art. His brightly colored designs are inspired by Zulu ethnic artistry. 


Animals carved of Mpengede wood: Sibusiso Gumede; Supported by The Durban African Art Centre - Booth 138

Sibusiso’s whimsical animal sculptures are hand carved from indigenous Mpengede wood, since his village has no electricity and all carvings are made by hand in the traditional Zulu process. Sibusiso’s pieces are decorated with the Ukushisela technique of wood burned designs.

Telephone wire and hard wire basket weaving: Alfred Bongukufa Ntuli - Booth 138

Alfred creates telephone wire containers whose form mimics traditional beer pots. He embellishes his wire vessels with geometric designs and bright colors that reflect the traditional beadwork of KwaZulu-Natal. He is now teaching other community members and is designing new pots with unique shapes. 

Zulu ilala palm baskets: Angeline Bonisiwe Masuku - Booth 139

Angeline weaves traditional ilala palm baskets that are used for daily life as well as for decoration. She designs her baskets to incorporate imagery of her immediate environment, as well as the geometric designs from Zulu beadwork. Her baskets come in a variety of traditional shapes. 


Celadon, bunchung, white porcelain & Temmoku ceramics: Dae Young Lee; Icheon Ceramic Project Cooperative - Booth 92

Dae Young Lee creates ceramics in several important traditional styles. These include: Celadon, dating from the 10th century, with a pale green-blue color and a clear glaze; Bunchung, from the 15th century, known for its white glaze; and Joseon white porcelain, also from the 15th century, marked by the simple designs.


Natural dye Korean patchwork textiles, silk scarves, padded clothing, and silk, cotton, ramie fabrics: Sunghee Kim, Lin Duomei; Dyetree - Booth 46

Sunghee creates traditional Korean free-form geometric patchwork screens out of leftover pieces of fabric. She also creates naturally dyed silk and cotton textiles. The colors expressed by the dyer not only represent the conventions of the time, but also secret recipes and experiences, passed down through generations. 

Lin Duomei’s traditional gold colored embroidery of dragons created using the pan-jin method will also be represented.


Beaded jewelry and clothing worn by women and men of South Sudan: ROOTS of South Sudan - Booth 40

The Roots Project promotes peace-building and teaches traditional arts in South Sudan. The 60 women artist are from 16 different tribal groups and are known for their beaded jewelry and clothing. The colors, patterns, and styles of each piece are tribally specific. 


‘Charra’ filigree gold and silver jewelry of Salamanca: Luis Méndez López; Craftsmen’s Luis Méndez - Booth 66

Luis is a third generation goldsmith, who is famous for his gold and silver filigree jewelry. Working alongside his brothers, they create pieces of jewelry that are truly works of art, each with a delicate combination of traditional and contemporary facets. Luis is known for the incredible detail in his work and for his dedication to the art form. 


Swazi woven sisal baskets: Thembi Dlamini; Tintsaba Crafts - Booth 5

Thembi is a master weaver who will bring her own baskets as well as represent the work of Tintsaba’s other basket weavers. She is known for her baskets’ unique patterns and symmetry. Natural dyes are used to create bright colors, and patterns reflect nature and Swazi symbols. 


Handmade bead necklaces and bracelets: Ya-Lei Chiang; Yuh-Yao Wan - Booth 120 (new)

Ya-Lei Chiang is a Paiwan indigenous bead artist. For over 25 years, she and her husband Omass have dedicated themselves to the revival of traditional glass bead making and embroideries. These beads are used for rituals, gifts, and weddings, and each bead represents family background, gender, character and social status.


Handwoven clothing and accessories: Somporn Intaraprayong and Ampornpun Tongchai; Supported by Chinalai Tribal Antiques, Ltd. - Booth 15

Somporn and Ampornpun are weavers and dyers creating hand-sewn clothing and accessories using traditional stitching and natural dyes. Weavings are used to show community unity, identity, and status, and are also are worn for ceremonies and special occasions. The process of weaving and dyeing is often done collectively. 


Cini pottery from Lak Iznak: Tribal Home; Sponsored by Museum of New Mexico Foundation - Booth 50 (new)

Cini ceramics are highly decorated pieces, using styles, colors, and designs that date back centuries and passed down through generations with a strict adherence to tradition. The art began in the 9th century, as artists were inspired by porcelain coming along the Silk Route and began to create their own pieces.


Baskets woven from raffia and banana stems, desi (reed), sea weed and millet stem: Lillian Semigga; Uganda Crafts 2000 Ltd - Booth 56

Lillian represents the weavers of Uganda Crafts 2000 LTD. The baskets balance tradition and creativity with ingenuity. Natural materials such as raffia, banana and millet stems, reeds and sea weed are interwoven to create distinctive patterns in a range of colors, both soft and vibrant. 


Handwoven accessories, carpets and household goods, embroidered clothing, and “Pysankas” wax-resist decorated eggs: Lesia Pona, Nataliya Tereshchak - Booth 72

Lesia’s weavings and embroidery are filled with geometrical forms of diamonds, rosettes, and variations of the cross. Lesia embroiders using several techniques to create the effect of lace and tweed. She also makes Pysankas, wax-resist decorated eggs. Intricate patterns are drawn using beeswax in a process of layering colors.

Nataliya’s embroidered clothing and household goods are made with multiple customary techniques that feature the geometric designs of the Pokuttya region, including representations of protection. Traditional designs inspire her beading and each element of her jewelry has symbolic meaning. 

Embroidered clothing, household goods and bead jewelry: Anna Nepyivoda - Booth 73

Nataliya’s embroidered clothing and household goods are made with multiple customary techniques that feature the geometric designs of the Pokuttya region, including representations of protection. Traditional designs inspire her beading and each element of her jewelry has symbolic meaning. 

Pysankas wax-resist decorated eggs, embroidery and weavings: Anna Nepyivoda - Booth 73

Anna represents the Hutsul, an ethno-cultural group of Ukrainian highlanders who are known for colorful and sophisticated embroidery, carpet weaving and egg decorating. The geometric patterns and floral motifs of her embroidery have been used for generations and contain symbols of protection. 

Carved wooden boxes, decorative plates and home accessories: Roksolana Skilska - Booth 73 (new)

Roksolana gathers wood from nearby forests and works alongside her father, carving wooden boxes, kitchen utensils, and objects for daily life. Each piece has carved details and painted symbols of the Hutsul people, while still allowing the naturally rich colors and tints of the timber to be on display. 


Carved and polished wooden puzzles and figures: Carlos Alberto Clavelli Fernández; National Direction of Handicrafts Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining - Booth 136 (new)

Carlos’ wooden puzzles and figures represent iconic rural and urban scenes from his native Uruguay. Working with his wife, Carlos crafts his original pieces as he with skill and careful finishing, but also with a unique charm that entertains and delights young and old alike. 


Ornamental painting on lacquered papier-mâché boxes and miniature paintings on silk paper: Karimjon Rasulov - Booth 8

Karimjon’s paintings on papier-mâché boxes and silk paper are filled with bright colors, intricate details and complex designs. Because the pictures are intended to tell a story through the iconic figures and other symbols, they must be read carefully, from right to left. 

Miniature painting on lacquered boxes: Kamoliddin Shamansurov - Booth 8

Kamoliddin’s ornate and complex lacquer drawings adorn papier-mâché boxes that fit easily in one hand. With floral patterns, elegant symmetry and caravan scenes, Kamoliddin brings forward traditions that began in the 15th century. The rich golds, deep blues, vibrant reds reflect his patience, technical skill and knowledge of artistic traditions.

Carved wood panels, ornamental painting on boxes and home accessories: Mirmakhsud Mirrakhimbaev and Mirali Tursuniy - Booth 14 (new)

Mirmakhsud’s woodcarvings are made of walnut wood and carved using tools he made himself. The great masters of the region inspire his technique. Mirmakhsud has trained his son Mirali and Mirali has grown talented in the painting process and often assists his father with this step.

Adult and children’s ikat kaftans, silk dresses and hats and scarves: Mukhayyo Aliyeva - Booth 27

Mukhayyo revives forgotten Uzbek ikat patterns in traditional clothes made with local and natural materials. Her work is incredibly colorful and bold, while still maintaining classic elegance. Her silk dresses have unique and specialized embroidery and her scarves feature historical patterns. 

Embroidered suzani coats and boots: Farhod Ramazonov and Muhabbat Kuchkorova - Booth 31 (new)

Husband and wife artists Farhod Ramazonov and Muhabbat Kuchkorova design and embroider suzanis, coats and boots in designs passed down from their grandmothers. The detailed patterns contain protection motifs and other personal symbols to the artists. The rich colors in their work are achieved through naturally dyed threads. 

Bukhara jewelry, enameled and filigree, silver and gold: Mamur Rakhmanov - Booth 47

Mamur continues Uzbek traditions of producing finely made jewelry by incorporating designs of the past for decorative and ceremonial purposes. He uses both gold and silver and integrates semiprecious stones to add bold, rich accents. He is famous for using fine filigree in many of his pieces.

Bukhara-style jewelry: Izzatillo Ruziev - Booth 47

Izzatillo’s necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants and earrings feature the elaborate styles and designs of the renowned Bukhara tradition of Central Asia. Working in a range of techniques, Izzatillo combines gold, silver and other metals with semiprecious stones to create jewelry that continues centuries of fine craftsmanship. 

Silk and wool carpets: Fatullo Kendjaev and Firuza Khamraeva - Booth 49 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Fatullo and his wife, Firuza are master weavers and dyers, creating silk carpets with designs from centuries ago. With traditional weaving methods and natural dyes, their carpets are both unique and an echo to ancient times. The floral patterns and geometric designs are based on styles seen in antique paintings. 

Embroidered wall hangings, jackets, vests, accessories and pillows: Gulnora Odilova - Booth 51

Gulnora follows her family in the tradition of creating Shakhrisabz embroidery. She has revived this unique style, learning once-forgotten patterns and rare colors and designs. Her wall hangings, jackets and other accessories have floral patterns inspired by Uzbekistan’s countryside. 

Carpets and kilims: Ikhtiyor Kendjaev - Booth 68

Ikhtiyor’s ancestors were carpet makers from Afghanistan and brought this skill with them when they moved to Uzbekistan long ago. The designs used are from ancient Afghan designs and he carries out this art using natural dyes, which enhances the beauty of each carpet. 

Woven silk and ikat clothing, accessories and home furnishings: Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov - Booth 76 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Rasuljon is at the vanguard in a revival of the rare and complicated technique of velvet ikat weaving in which white silk threads are dyed and placed on a narrow loom. The beautiful colors and complex designs of his ikat fabrics make them unique. 

Forged metal with decorative natural materials: Sayfullo Ikromov and Salimjon Ikramov - Booth 79 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Sayfullo is a fourth-generation blacksmith, making swords, sabers, daggers, and knives. His art ranges from the utilitarian to the dramatic with intricate engraving and handles made of horn, bone and precious metals. Whimsically curved scissors in the shape of birds are part of this collection. 

Uzbek Suzani embroidery: Sanjar Nazarov - Booth 101 (new)

Sanjar’s embroidery is made with a centuries-old technique of dyeing that has been passed through his family for generations. With bright colors, intricate details and beautiful designs, Sanjar’s embroideries represent his creative spirit and express his dreams. Their symbols reflect the social, historical and spiritual aspects of Uzbek culture. 

Blue Rishtan pottery: Rustam Usmanov and Damir Usmanov - Booth 124 (UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner)

Rustam and Damir combine traditional forms and designs with original shapes and motifs to create the blue ceramics of Rishtan. Made from unique local clay, this style of pottery has been famous for centuries. They draw inspiration from natural shapes, flowers and calligraphy and are known for the richness of their patterns.

Gijduvan wheel-thrown, kiln-fired glazed ceramics and housewares: Akmaljon Narzullaev and Abdullo Narzullaev - Booth 147

Abdullo and his son, Akmaljon are ceramic artists reviving patterns that date back centuries. They use local raw materials, mills, pottery wheels and kilns that have been used for generations. Each piece requires a process of 25 steps and is finished with a brightly-colored glaze. 


Basket weaving: Kanwasumi Artisan Cooperative; Earth Bound, Inc. - Booth 131 (Cooperative)

Kanwasumi Artisan Cooperative is made up of 54 active weavers who individually hand weave wuwa baskets, women’s burden baskets, and jojos, round storage baskets. No tools are used except a machete to help cut the vine from which the baskets are made.


Red Dao embroidered textiles, tunics, pants, bridal and ceremonial scarves, head dresses, children’s hats and embroidered necklaces: Ta May Ly, May Pet Ly, Ta May Phan - Booth 67 (new)

Ta May Ly, May Pet Ly, Ta May Phan are embroiderers making traditional textiles on dyed cloth. The choice and distribution of the designs is a manifestation of the embroiderer’s talents and personality and identifies them with their particular ethnic group. Some of the intricately-embroidered pieces can take up to a year to complete. Made completely by hand, the finished textiles include pants, tunics, bags, ceremonial scarves and embroidered necklaces.


Ilala palm baskets: Matabbeki Mudenda; Binga Craft Center - Booth 142 (cooperative, new)

Matabbeki represents the Binga Craft Center, an association of 2,000 rural artists from northwestern Zimbabwe. Their artistic work ranges from traditional palm baskets to animal woodcarvings and other types of sculpture. The baskets are designed with shapes reflecting the natural environment surrounding the weaver.

International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe: “Best of the Best”; Supported by all market participants - Booths 102, 103

The Best of the Best booth is made possible through the generous contributions of all IFAM | Santa Fe. Each piece is selected by the Best of the Best Folk Art Expert Shoppers. All proceeds benefit the International Folk Art Alliance’s support of the artists.

Fomento Cultural BANAMEX AC: “Program in Support of Folk Art” - Booths 104, 105 

Concern for the survival of traditional art forms, Banamex developed the Program in Support of Folk Art in 1996. At this year’s Fomento Cultural BANAMEX AC booth there will be three unique and talented artists. 

Wheel-thrown, Majolica-style enameled Talavera dishware, candelabras, jars and flowerpots: Cesar Torres Ramirez


Cesar learned to make Majolica pottery at the renowned Talavera factory of the Uriarte family. The distinctive whitish enameled background of the pottery is the result of rapid immersion in a preparation of tin. A feast for the eyes, Cesar’s work includes dishes, platters, jars, boxes and candelabras.

Wheel-thrown Majolica-style enameled Talavera dishware, candelabras, jars and flowerpots: Tater Camilo Vera Vizcarra


Tater Camilo Vera Vizcarra, a Peruvian artist, is a master of colonial style glazed ceramics. Original works that he came across while traveling throughout Peru inspired his passion for this ceramic tradition. He now produces an amazing variety of glazed ceramics, with special regard to design, color and form at his workshop. 

Wooden carvings: Gabriel Isidro Perez Rajón


Gabriel Isidro Perez Rajón was born in Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico. A student of Agustin Cruz Tinoco, Gabriel is helping to revive the tradition of wood carving with his popular jaguar motifs, as well as other animals, puppets and boxes.

UNESCO Award of Excellence Program: Representing Award of Excellence winners from Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia and Latin America - Booths 106, 107, 108, 109

The Award of Excellence is the UNESCO flagship program for handicrafts. It is part of UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries. The Award of Excellence objectives are to provide market opportunities to ensure sustainability of handicraft industries, to establish rigorous standards of excellence for handicrafts, to encourage innovativeness, and to offer training and support services. The handicraft sector plays an increasingly significant role in local economic development and poverty eradication, as new opportunities help establish sustainable livelihoods. The Award provides a credible quality control mechanism which assures buyers that Award products are culturally authentic and have been manufactured in a socially responsible manner with respect for the environment.

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