What an amazing event…..
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market brings together more than 180 folk artists from around the world, many from war torn villages and extreme poverty, and gives them a chance to bring their traditional arts to an international consumer. The market has been extremely beneficial to bring many of its artists (and their villages) out of poverty. Prior to the market, they are given workshops on how to market and price their goods for an international audience, and I read on a banner that last year each booth took home an average of over $17, 000 in profits over the two days. If your making $2 back home, that is a pretty good effort.
Anyway, I went pretty wild on folk arts. Had to rush over and buy an amazing embroided poncho from Mexico on the opening night, I got a beaded necklace from Africa, another poncho from Bolivia, along with a ‘single ladies’ hat (the Bolivian woman wear them to try and attract a nice husband, maybe it will work for me too??) and a whole lot of little nick knacks and gifts, all going to a great cause, so not to feel too guilty….
The theme of the market is red, and on the opening night, which was a big party for all the wealthier investors who bought tickets for $150 to attend and spend big was a bustly affair. Everyone came dressed in their amazing folk art get up, all middle aged ‘art-chicks’ with embroided scarves and amazing bright dresses and accessories, they looked great.
The volunteers looked great too, and usually customising ones volunteer t-shirt would really give me the irrits, but all these middle-aged woman got their crafts on, beading the tees and slashing them, making tassels and things- They rocked it!
Although one wealthy Russian woman got rather aggressive at me when she saw me in my new poncho, complaining that I had got the only one and gave me a lot of stroppy ‘tude when she couldn’t scoop one up for herself.