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In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World
     

In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World

by Paola Gianturco, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Toby Tuttle
 
All over the world, women in developing economies improve the lives of their families by creating and selling exquisite, indigenous crafts. The Ndebele beaders of South Africa, the weavers of Guatemala, the flower painters of Poland, the doll makers of Turkey, the mirror embroiderers of India, the batik artists of Indonesia—all these women draw from past

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All over the world, women in developing economies improve the lives of their families by creating and selling exquisite, indigenous crafts. The Ndebele beaders of South Africa, the weavers of Guatemala, the flower painters of Poland, the doll makers of Turkey, the mirror embroiderers of India, the batik artists of Indonesia—all these women draw from past traditions and contribute to the future of their cultures. In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World is a beautifully photographed documentary of ninety women in twelve countries on four continents, revealing their diverse lives and surprisingly universal aspirations.

Often driven by the harsh realities of poverty, little education, and even a lack of basic health care, female artisans are motivated by the desire to provide for their children: to dress them properly, to feed them well, and, most of all, to educate them. The need for social contact and a sense of community brings craftswomen together into small groups, which in turn gives rise to new micro-enterprises in developing countries. Many political and social organizations, including the United Nations, provide guidance and economic support, most often in the form of very small, short-term loans; thus cooperatives are created that strengthen and enrich their cultural heritage as well as individual lives and fortunes.

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Natural History
Women artisans speak for themselves about their lives and skills. Very interesting reading!
Library Journal - Library Journal
This is an important book. In photographic essays and text, the authors describe initiatives that are revitalizing traditional crafts in villages worldwide. Through organizations like the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in India and Women Against AIDS in Thailand, women are marketing their products and hence bringing prosperity to their villages. Each chapter vividly captures both the techniques used and the social context in which the women's wares are crafted. The authors spent five years traveling to 29 remote towns, where they interviewed and photographed women engaged in weaving baskets, dying batik, and beading dolls. The result is a lushly illustrated volume with a political message. The book opens with a thoughtful foreword by Alice Walker and concludes with "resources for action," contact lists, and bibliographies for additional reading. Recommended as a valuable addition to most library collections.--Nancy Turner, New Mexico State Univ. Lib., Las Cruces Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576871843
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Authors Paola Gianturco and Toby Tuttle have spent five years photographing, interviewing, and writing about craftswomen for this amazing collection. The artisans’ individual voices are featured throughout the book as the authors describe their encounters with the craftswomen; amusing, affecting journal entries relate the authors’ own experiences and reflections. In Her Hands celebrates a different kind of women’s movement—one in which mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and friends join together to create beautiful crafts that contribute to a better life for themselves, their families, and for future generations.

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