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Rado Herivonona Ambinintsoa

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Federation SAHALANDY

Woven Silk, Cotton and Raffia Accessories and Home Furnishings

Marie Prisca Virgini Ramanaliniaina

Marie Prisca Virgini Ramanaliniaina

This year, Rado Herivonona Ambinintsoa and Marie Philbertine Razanamalala represent Federation SAHALANDY at the Folk Art Market. The silk weavings of SAHALANDY were first brought to the Folk Art Market in 2011 by Marie Prisca Virgini Ramanaliniaina. The Federation SAHALANDY, located in the central highlands of Madagascar, is made up of seven weaving cooperatives representing 80 weavers in the area. Federation SAHALANDY empowers by increasing non-subsistence income, finding sustainable markets abroad, building a cultural heritage center, and continuing to teach the weaving tradition to future generations. “One silk strand is strong, but when many are woven together, they are stronger,” is a Malagasy proverb that illustrates SAHALANDY weavers, weavings and community work.

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.