Sunday, July 10, 2005

14,000 visit Santa Fe Folk Art Market

This weekend saw the second annual Santa Fe New Mexico Folk Art Fair, featuring artists and artwork from South Africa, Brazil and Bhutan, among other distant points . According to the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper, an example of the artisans marketing at the market was Elinah Nxumalo from Swaziland in Africa. Tables offering her works, primarily mohair-and-fiber bags, were nearly empty by late afternoon on Saturday. Nxumalo also supports a large segment of her home community as weavers and helpers who gather raw materials for her. Folk artists in many parts of the world consider the Folk Art Market as an outlet for their creations. Santa Fe, of course, is home to the International Folk Art Museum.

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