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Why Making Is Important

Craft kits Crafting and Well-Being Cultural traditions

Why Making Is Important

“There is comfort in the act of creating…Whatever the object becomes, it is an expression of ourselves and our identity, quite often using techniques that have been taught to us or passed down through generations or within communities. That’s why traditional crafts can be so emotive. Often we think of someone in our lives who has crafted and it will evoke feelings of nostalgia. Imagine then, the power of this nostalgia when it opens up connections to our ancestors and our cultural heritage” (Kate O’Sullivan, Making Our Way Home, Creative Journeys). Creating with our hands, something from start to finish...

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A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

Women artisans

A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

November 19th is National Entrepreneurs Day and in honor of this day we want to spotlight women entrepreneurs. Folkways Craft Kits has fostered a special interest in the livelihood of women artisans such as the women basket weavers from WomenCraft in Tanzania. Here is the story that WomenCraft shared with us: Hadija lives with her seven children in a remote rural village called Mwivuza in the rolling hills of the Kagera region, one of least developed regions in the northwest of Tanzania. Their traditional mud-house is made from the red soil of the area. Kagera is diverse and rich in culture...

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Dia de los Muertos

Cultural traditions Dia de los Muertos Oaxaca

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Recognized in 2008 by UNESCO on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Dia de los Muertos is a multi-day festival that honors death as a part of life, combining the observation of Catholic feasts with indigenous traditions.

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What does Folkways mean?

Cultural traditions

What does Folkways mean?

The word “folkways” is an anthropological term that refers to the way of life of a particular community or group of people. A way of life can include how people dress and adorn themselves, the food they eat, the objects they make, how they speak to each other, what they believe, their view of reality, the ways they form families, how they organize work: essentially all aspects of social life. Or in a word, culture. Folkways Craft Kits are designed to deepen an understanding of and respectfully celebrate the ways of people from diverse cultures around the world. With each...

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