El Grupo Bayate: Realizing Dreams of Art and Community

“In our work, there will always be a philosophy unique to our community and its people that we want to portray as painters. Our objective is to guarantee that the traditions of our community are preserved along with our cultural identity.” —Luis El Estudiante Rodriguez, Painter, El Grupo Bayate At this year’s International Folk Art Market…
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Lindblad Expeditions—National Geographic Artisan Fund Expands Market Opportunities for IFAA Artists

Craft development is the second largest income generator in rural areas, second only to agriculture. It is also, in many cases, a key component to preserving cultural heritage and empowers communities that may otherwise be left way behind in our global economy. According to Lindblad Expeditions, “as travelers we are enriched by these crafts and…
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Hands that Weave Like Water

When Saturnino was only 8 years old, his father taught him to weave on a loom. He worked weeks on this first weaving, carefully pouring his affection into the work. When it was finally completed, Saturnino brought this precious piece to his father, who rolled it up, put it under his arm, and started to…
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Updates from Nepal

From the Desk of Jeff Snell, Chief Executive Officer June 11, 2015 Update: Some good news to share about the Nepalese folk artists! First, the beautiful double crossed and knotted handmade rugs from the Yangma Traditional Weavers Cooperative arrived in Santa Fe! IFAA was pleased to assist this endeavor. Now we just need first-time Market artist and cooperative…
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A Letter from Janet Nkubana

Have you met Janet Nkubana? She is a representative of Gahaya Links, a network of women weaving a better future through their ancestral arts. Sign up today for a monthly donation, and month by month, you can weave a better future. With your tax-deductible gift to the International Folk Art Alliance, you are making more…
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