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Supporting Global Artisans Through Craft

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Supporting Global Artisans Through Craft

We are excited to announce that Folkways Culture Kits is now partnering with Nest! Nest is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the global handworker economy, the well-being of women artisans, and the preservation of cultural traditions around the world. Folkways shares this vision, centered on the relevance of indigenous craft in a modern world, the values of fair trade, and especially the importance of supporting women economically and socially as a centerpiece of community strength. We are especially excited to be supporting Nest’s Artisan Accelerator program. Since 2018, this program has served as an incubator of artisan-based businesses, helping...

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The Ancient Roots of Block Printed Textiles

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The Ancient Roots of Block Printed Textiles

Throughout Rajasthani history the embellishment of both decorative and utilitarian items has been highly valued by people of all social classes. Homes, clothing, even domesticated animals are often adorned in geometric and botanically-inspired patterns in a joyous array of colors. Art and craft traditions of Rajasthan include hand-woven carpets, jewelry making, wood carving, leather work, metal work, stone carving, puppetry and pottery.  Textile craft is an especially rich tradition of this region. Different areas throughout Rajasthan are known for their unique color preferences, design motifs and techniques. Block printing, batik, tie dye, mirror work, embroidery, and appliqué are techniques used...

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The Symbolic Power of Maasai Beadwork

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The Symbolic Power of Maasai Beadwork

Prior to contact with Europeans, Maasai women crafted intricate adornments with beads they made from clay, wood, bone, copper, brass, shells, seeds, and dried grasses. Glass beads were introduced in the 19thcentury by Europeans. Beaded jewelry is worn by both men and women. The colors and patterns communicate information about the wearer’s age, social status, marital status and whether they have male or female children. Both men and women wear beaded pendants that signify the age class or generation to which they belong. The colors and arrangements of beads in jewelry and other embellished objects is a symbolic language meant...

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Thinking of Hosting a Crafting Party? Here Are 7 Things Every Craft Party Host Should Consider

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Thinking of Hosting a Crafting Party? Here Are 7 Things Every Craft Party Host Should Consider

1. Invite friends who like to craft! 4-6 people is a good number in terms of space for crafting, but ultimately, it’s up to you how many people to invite. You may want to have a crafting theme such as weaving or beadwork, or crafting for a particular holiday or in the style of a cultural tradition. Or everyone can just BYOC (bring your own craft.)2. Encourage guests to wear comfy clothing for getting to work on some creative ideas (or just lounging and hanging out.)3. Prepare a large clean table for laying out projects, you make want to put down a protective cloth...

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How to Make Vertical Stripes In Your Weaving

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How to Make Vertical Stripes In Your Weaving

Horizontal stripes are achieved by weaving simple rows and periodically changing colors. Vertical stripes are another way to add interest to your design by introducing new patterns with your color palette. Here's how to do it.

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