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.