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July 4, 2012
The Silkies of Madagascar

A documentary film coming soon

“Silk weaving originated with our ancestors; it’s what sustains us,” said Ramalene, a traditional silk weaver from Sandrandahy, Madagascar. She is a member of a collective who appears in a new documentary called “The Silkies of Madagascar.” Award-winning filmmaker David Evans tells the story of how access to sustainable, global, fair-trade markets preserves an ancient tradition, empowers women, and changes the future for their children. A Peace Corps volunteer and a folk art visionary team up to help the Silkies of Madagascar.

Meet Rado and Natalie at booth #59 at the Market.


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5 thoughts on “The Silkies of Madagascar

  1. This is an excellent opportunity to expand women owned and managed small-to-medium scale enterprises. We are in the second phase of our beta testing of The Emerald Mall which will feature such crafts and woven goods to 143 different countries served by our non-profit. Please let us know how our EmeraldPlanet and The EmeraldPlanet TV can be of direct support and assistance. MANY BEST WISHES FOR EVER CONTINUING GOOD SUCCESS!!

  2. The video shows the power & vision of one person bringing the artists of a distant place to the forefront of America & possibly the rest of the world.

  3. I am so inspired after watching this beautiful video clip, “The Silkies of Madagascar.” Economic empowerment is the road to freedom and liberty for women throughout the world today. Thank you, SFIFAM, for all that you have done, are doing, and will continue to do to better the lives of countless people worldwide. Best wishes for another successful Market in 2012!

  4. I just loved this trailer and can’t wait to see the entire film. I am a weaver myself and was amazed at the amount of merchandise that they had at the market this year. There were so many scarves to choose from that I had a difficult time purchasing one. If there is anything I can do to help the Sahalandy weavers, please let me know. I spent a lot of time volunteering this year, but would love to help at their booth next year.

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The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a non-profit organization, produces the largest international folk art market in the world, and our success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art.