Tuesday, September 1, 2009

2009 International Folk Art Market

Today is Outdoor Wednesday @ Southern Daydreamer. Grab your passport and join me on an exciting visit to the International Folk Art Market held in Santa Fe, NM.

Each July, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM hosts an International Folk Art Market. This incredible event brings together artists from around the globe. The 2009 market featured over 140 artists from 46 countries. Each booth was a treasure chest of beautiful handcrafted items that reflected the traditions and cultures of the the countries represented.

As you might imagine this weekend event was full of colorful sights, music of the world, dancers, international food, and extraordinary art from around the world, not to mention thousands of visitors eager to support these visiting artist.

Costumed ladies entertain on stilts.

Attendees dress in colorful clothes and hats.

Thousands of visitors shop the market during the two day event.

Note the sign: these baskets represent a 

year of work on the artist's part.

These colorful paper maché 

roosters are from Haiti.

These hand forged scissors are the work of a talented blacksmith from Uzbekistan. Several of these came home with me.

The embroidery on these "bayeta" or simple hand woven woolen cloths, depicts scenes of daily life in the Andean village of Chijnaya, Peru.

These brightly colored hand embroidered textiles reflect the flora and fauna of Peru.

Resist block prints were created by

a family of brothers in India.

Mother and daughter from 

Kyrgyzstan are experts at felt making.

They create these charming little felt dolls. Each doll has an expressive embroidered face and wonderfully embroidered details on the clothing.

Artist from Namibia, 

weaves a handmade basket.

These coiled baskets are made from palm leaves and bark and used as everyday domestic use.

Artist from India wears a 

distinctive mirrored and embroidered dress.

Patchwork and embroidered 

quilt from Pakistan.

Batik Dyed Fabrics from Nigeria

Intricate Images 

on Aluminum Panels

Elaborate Seed Beaded Collar from Ecuador

Artist from Ecuador 

demonstrates her beading skills.

Carved horn bracelets created in Lima, Peru.

Textile from the People's Republic of China

Detail of the Textile in the Previous Photo

To learn more about the International Folk Art Market view the video below.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market from David Moore on Vimeo.
Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by today. You might also enjoy a visit to the Quimper Club International blog where I am guest blogger this week. Click here to read about a French couple who exhibited their amazing pottery at the Folk Art Market.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Im a lover of farmers markets-- in fact any outdoor adventure. YOu captured yours beautifully.

    Stop by sometime would love to have you.

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  2. Bonjour Hyacinth,
    I really enjoyed seeing more pix from your trip, I don't believe you didn't bring back a papier mache rooster!
    a bientot

  3. Nice and fun outdoor! lots of colors. Great photos.

  4. Good morning,
    well that looks like fun!! and a lot of treasure. I love the roosters too.
    ♥ Rebecca

  5. Maggie, absolutely one of the roosters came back home with me! He just didn't make the party last Friday. He's a green rooster and well, I told him he was going to be featured another time. Then last night while putting this together, he was sound asleep. You know roosters go to bed early. He'll show up soon though I'm sure.
    Thanks for the visit. ~ Sarah

  6. What fun! Amazing talents all over the world. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi Sarah, this certainly looks like a fun place and would make a great outing. Your pictures are just wonderful!!!!

    Hugs, Barb :-)

  8. This must have been fantastic. I am fascinated by the craft work done internationally.

  9. Hello again! I see now that your Quimper post wasn't a first ever. DOH as Homer Simpson would say.

    FABULOUS pictures of the many artisans at this fair... an amazing grouping of international talent. How could yuou choose what to bring home? So many riches!

  10. I love these art/craft festivals, especially these ethnic ones. You can get unique items that aren't like what everyone else has.

  11. Wow! What a fun event! I would have loved to be there and then I would have spent a lot of money buying lots of those beautiful stuff....Christine

  12. Really enjoyed seeing the artists from different countries. Must have been an amazing show. Your roosters are awesome, too!

  13. I enjoyed the Santa Fe folk art market. You showed so many interesting works of art and I really liked meeting the artists who made them. We have visited Santa Fe and I liked looking in several of the art galleries there and eating authentic Southwestern food. Reading further on your blog, I really love the needlework pillow you just finished. The flower lady is charming and you did a beautiful job coordinating the fabrics and trim.

  14. What a fun day you had. I would love to go there. That would be a long way for me to come from Pennsylvania.

    Loved all your pictures.

  15. Thank you for visiting me.

    The show looked like it was a feast for the eyes. Everything looked so interesting. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Take care ~Sue

  16. Goodness, what a color overload!! Thank you for sharing:)

  17. Wonderful post for OW!! This looks like the fair of the summer!! Would love to go next year (was it inbearably hot?). Beautiful wares and textiles. I would not leave emptyhanded!! And I know I would spend a great deal of time talking with these talented individuals!

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Sarah!!


  18. Hi Sarah
    What a fabulous market! I would love to wander around it an dlooka t all the wonderful handmade things. In answer to your question about the quilt on my sidebar. It is my own original design and the second quilt I ever made. Here is the link for the post I did on it.http://rhondisrosecoloredglasses.blogspot.com/2008/01/i-need-cup-of-tea.html
    Thanks for the tour of the market.
    ((hugs)) Rhondi

  19. Just had to take a peek, before I continue with the rooster parties!

    What a wonderful day and event! It's been years since we lived in New Mexico...but near White Sands Missile Range and Las Cruces. I graduated many moons ago in Alamogordo, NM., lived in our first home as a newlywed there, and had our first daughter there. :o) If we ever get the chance to go back to NM, I will be sure to keep this event in mind!

    thank you for sharing!
    Blessings & Aloha!

  20. What a fun day it must have been at that market! Did you get one of those adorable roosters?

  21. Hello, Sarah,
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of art from around our world. How wonderful you were able to view the art and meet the artists as well. Vicki

  22. Your photographs are wonderful, and what a beautiful and educational experience. Thank you for sharing it. laurie

  23. How lucky to walk amongst such talented people, with so much talent at every turn. The mermaid on aluminum, of course, caught my eye immediately, simply gorgeous.


  24. Sarah, how I enjoyed this and would love to have been there. I love textiles, the quilt looks to die for. So many things, your blog is truly fascinating.

  25. Hi Sarah
    Every time I leave a comment or email you I get an email saying it's not a valid email address, so I'm wondering if you got the 2 replies I sent to your emails this morning? I hope so.
    ((hugs)) Rhondi

  26. Hello Sarah...

    Just wanted to come by to say hello and also to thank you for stopping by to see my Ode to Summer tablescape and leaving me such a sweet note...sure do appreciate your kind words, my friend!!!

    Ohhh my...I would just love to go this International Folk Art Market...it would definitely be a "chance" of a lifetime!!! I seen so many pretties that would have had to come home with me!!! Loved those beautiful forged scissors...so happy that you were able to get a few pair! Ohhh...and those little felted dolls...Girl, I definitely would have had to have some of them...they were fabulous!!! Loved each and every one of your photos...so many fabulous hand crafted wares! I just know that I would have literally spent hours upon hours going through each and every booth!!! Hehe! My kind of place!!! How awesome to have so many creative and talented people to come and join in...they were from all over the world! It was such a treat to see all the artists in their customary garb too!!! What a treat to be able to attend this...you lucky lady!!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us...I just loved it!!! I also went over to the Quimper site and took a peek at the beautiful French pottery...it really is magnificent! Did you bring any pieces of that home with you? Hehe! Would have been so difficult to resist!

    Well my friend, have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!


  27. Hi, Sarah, I love your blog! I particularly love the photos of the artists at the Folk Art Festival. Their beauty is in their faces and in their crafts. And I loved your rooster blog. I knew you loved roosters of course, but maybe you should have a few running around your yard? Better than an alarm clock! Of course your neighbors might not agree. Thanks for such a delightful blog.

  28. Oh this looks like Heaven to me! Thank you for letting me know.

  29. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.




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