Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

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Have you ever wanted to change the world for the better? Reconcile differences between adversaries? Bridge the gap to the world? What if you could empower women, promote rights for indigenous peoples, encourage entrepreneurship, educate children, preserve cultural traditions, develop leadership, feed villages and build community?

imageJoin us in supporting the Market’s 10th Anniversary Campaign for World Artists. Give today and see how far your gift will go to help change lives across the globe.

Read below the 10 ways you can help the Market change lives…

Empower Women

Rangina Hamidi, Embroiderer and Business Owner, Kandahar Treasure, Afghanistan

Rangina overcame the repressive government and attitudes of her native Afghanistan to found Kandahar treasure, an enterprise of Afghan women embroiderers. Through her efforts, the group has grown to more than 450 artists. According to Rangina, The artwork is the women’s expression to the world about their life in Afghanistan. It’s a way of women expressing their voices wordlessly through their stitches. These amazing works of art bring pride and promise to women, giving them independence and an opportunity for a better life.

2012 Market sales $20,268 | Average daily income in Afghanistan $1.37*


Bridge the Gap to the World

Marie Prisca Virgini Ramanaliniaina, Weaver, Federation SAHALANDY, Madagascar

Marie Prisca represents the Federation SAHALANDY, located in the central highlands of Madagascar and is made up of seven weaving cooperatives representing 80 weavers in the area. SAHALANDY’S participation in the Folk Art Market has been the answer to an age-old question, “How would they bridge the gap between their small village in Madagascar and the rest of the world?”  SAHALANDY is finding sustainable markets abroad, building four bungalows and a cultural heritage center for traveling tourists, and continuing to teach the weaving tradition to future generations. They are able to manage orders and come together as a team. “One silk strand is strong, but when many are woven together, they are stronger,” is a Malagasy proverb.

2012 Market sales $37,834 | Average daily income in Madagascar $1.16*


Encourage Entrepreneurship

Jose Angel Ortiz Arana, Ceramist, Mexico

Award winning artist Jose Angel began making traditional Tonalá Pottery at the age of 10, carrying on a long family tradition learned from his father and his grandfather before him. He currently works with his father in his studio and they hand build each piece using press molds and then paint them with thin, delicate handmade brushes. His pottery often depicts ancient myths and symbolism relating to pre-Hispanic history, animals and plant life.  A recent report indicated that Jose Angel is now sustainable and self-sufficient for the foreseeable future….without your amazing event none of this would have come to pass.  

2012 market sales $31,613 | Average daily income in Mexico $24.93*


Educate Children

Naina Surendar Valasai, Ralli Quilt Maker, Pakistan

Naina represents Lila Handicrafts, a cooperative of women from a small village in the Thar Desert region of Pakistan. They create beautiful patchwork ralli quilts that are made of old cloth from discarded clothing and household fabrics and are sometimes hand dyed to give them a new appearance. The cloth is torn or cut into geometric shapes, then stitched together on a palm mat on the ground using a large needle and cotton thread. The money the women make at the Market have enabled them to send their children to school and even to build a school in their local community, the Santa Fe Desert School.

2012 market sales $11,689 | Average daily income in Pakistan $2.43*


Reconcile Differences

Janet Nkubana, Basket Weaver and Cooperative Leader, Gahaya Links, Rwanda

Janet grew up in a Rwandan refugee camp where she learned to weave baskets. Today she helps weave together former enemies at Gahaya Links, an organization helping rural women turn their traditions of basket weaving into sustainable income. Bringing peace, understanding, and cooperation, the group has grown from 20 in 2004 to more than 4,000 weavers today. Gahaya Links is a testament to determination and economic freedom. When women resisted working together, Janet told them, Don’t we breathe the same air? Speak the same language? Don’t we all love our children? Let us just weave, and try to put the past behind us.

2012 Market sales $35,783 | Average daily income in Rwanda $1.46*


Promote Rights of Indigenous People

Idaira Cabezon Mepaquito, Basket Weaver, Wounaan, Panama

One of 11 children, Idaira belongs to a group of 8,550 artisans, the Gremio de Artesanos Wounaan from the Darien Rainforest of Panama. She began weaving baskets with her friends and siblings at the age of 15. She advocates on behalf of her indigenous community for the preservation of her people’s land resources, which are not recognized by the Panamanian government. The women are well-known for the exquisite baskets they weave from natural palm fibers and plant dyes found in their native rainforest. Income earned from the sale of these baskets reduces the need to destroy the rainforest by foreign developers and for agricultural use.

2012 market sales $38,239 | Average daily income in Panama $20.86*


Preserve Valuable Cultural Traditions

Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan, Mask Maker, Bali, Indonesia

Born in the Mas village of Bali, Ida makes masks for use in the traditional Topeng masked dance ceremony. When he is not carving, he performs Topeng dances for ritual occasions throughout Bali. Ida supports his extended family with his sales as well as creates income for other local apprentice woodcarvers employed at his workshop. He shared that, [My earnings at the Market] are not only good for me but also good for my family and for my friends too. Ida’s success is helping to keep a dwindling tradition of woodcarving alive in his community.

2012 Market sales $13,539 | Average daily income in Indonesia $8.08*


Develop Leadership

Naema Birali, Beadworker L’Association D’Artisanat Des Femmes De Khenifra, Morocco

Naema is the president of a cooperative of 20 women who make buttons that were traditionally sold to tailors who make djellabas, the traditional hooded and buttoned caftan worn by Moroccan and Berber women. According to Marcia Newlands, a Peace Corps Volunteer working with the group, Naema is developing leadership skills and wants to teach other young women the art of making the jewelry. The money from this year’s Market will go to assist the women’s families with day-to-day expenses, such as school supplies and clothes for their children, perhaps buying a refrigerator for their homes, or a fan to help with the heat.

2012 Market sales $28,710 | Average daily income in Morocco $7.85*


Feed Villages

Elhadji Koumama, Tuareg Jewelers, Niger

Elhadji comes from generations of Tuareg silversmiths and learned silversmithing from his father. Most pieces are geometric in shape and have a special significance– they are made by the lost wax method, then engraved and hammered, and adorned with stones. Now employing dozens of silversmiths, he also supports his large extended family, including eleven siblings; aunts; uncles; and cousins, through his work. Last year, he used profits from the Market to buy enough food to feed 500 people for three months in neighboring villages.  He shared, Every year I come back [to Niger] and feed these people, and it makes me feel good.

2012 Market sales $66,010 | Average daily income in Niger $.94*


Build Community

Flor Maria Cartuche, Beadworker, La Mega Cooperativa Artesanal de los Saraguros, Ecuador

Flor Maria designs and weaves the traditional bead collars that identify the Saraguro, an indigenous southern Highland Ecuadorian people. The seed-bead collars – from one to six inches in width – are worn daily, even by very young girls. Wedding collars feature multi-colored beadwork and fine netting. The traditional bright colors, horizontal stripes and geometric (triple triangle) forms have been joined by contemporary designs that include “fresas” or berries, leaves and flowers. According to Linda Belote, The group earned more money in one weekend at the Market than they earn otherwise in an entire year…it probably rescued them from closure.

2012 Market sales $18,136 | Average daily income in Ecuador $11.52*

 *According to United Nations Statistics Division, 2011

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.