Artisan Stories

Highland Women’s Cooperative

It was a series of hardships that brought the women together Before the [cooperative] was organized, we were a loose group doing hand weaving, knitting, crocheting, wood carving and silver craft. Most of the women are from the indigenous tribes of the Cordillera. The...

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Zura Bell Making Community

Executive Director Joan Frisz recently traveled to India. Following are her pictures and account of a visit to bell-making artisans in the state of Gujurat. In the western state of Gujurat, there are 6 villages in the Jhula region where they do ironwork and make bells...

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Padhma Creations

Nepalgung, Nepal Kesang Yudron first visited Nepalgunj as a high school student when her father wanted to reach out to the women of the area to train them in knitting. A typical teenager, Kesang didn’t think much of the experience at the time. After completing her...

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Block Printing

A revered art form native to Rajasthan, India, block printing is a painstaking process mastery of labor-intensive steps that require especially in wood-block carving. Each color gets its own block and intricate designs can take several carvers days to create. Fabric...

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Spice Farmers in Sri Lanka

Dissanayake and his family grow rice and spices on a 1.25-acre plot of land in Alutgama, Yatawatte, Sri Lanka. His biggest challenge is the adverse weather.

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