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Textile Museum launches international virtual exhibition “Contrastes de Forma”

Curated by Brazilian textile artist Rodrigo Franzão, the exhibition will open on November 30 with the participation of 23 artists from 10 countries.

The Textile Museum, an online art platform, will promote from November 30 to February 20, 2021, the international collective exhibition in digital format “Contrasting Shapes”, which can be visited on the website of the platform, in two models: Viewing Room and 360º Virtual Tour.
According to the textile artist and curator of the exhibition Rodrigo Franzão, the exhibition brings together 23 artists from different countries and cultures, who express themselves through the techniques and possibilities present in Textile and Mixed Art. Among these, the interested public will be able to appreciate and know the work of Kristina Penhoet, Marie Pourchot, Renato Dib, Mylene Rizzo, Maite Izquierdo, Natsuko Hattori, Preta Wolzak, Sarah Krespin, Katherine Hunt, Brankica Zilovic, Paula Ceroni Villanelo, Andrea Myers, Veronica Gonzalez Ugarte, Sophia Ruppert, Vanessa Freitag, Kathy Sirico, João Bruno Videira, Star Trauth, Laura Ramírez García, Jéssica Costa, Julie Sarloutte, Ariadna Pastorini, Carolina Vaz.
Franzão explains that the theme of the exhibition reflects on the form of the artwork and its content. Theme covered in the chapter “Art and Form: What is artistic form?” from the book, Philosophy of Art, by the American philosopher Noël Carroll, edited by Edições Texto & Gigrafia.
For this exhibition model, the Textile Museum also offers the opportunity for art collectors and other interested parties to not only appreciate the works of the artists, but also to contemplate their collections with new works.
List of Artists
Renato Dib, @renatodib
Mylene Rizzo, @mylenerizzofotografia
Jessica Costa, @jessicacosta
Vanessa Freitag, @freitag_textileart

Kristina Penhoet, @momentframer
Katherine Hunt, @katherineahunt
Sophia Ruppert, @sophiaruppert
Andrea Myers, @andreamyersart
Star Trauth, @startrauth
Kathy Sirico, @moonrisekathy
Marie Pourchot, @ marie.pourchot
Sarah Krespin, @ sarah.krespin
Julie Sarloutte, @ julie.sarloutte
Maite Izquierdo, @maiteizquierdoa
Paula Ceroni Villanelo, @p_ceroni
Veronica Gonzalez Ugarte, @artevgu
Ariadna Pastorini, @ariadna_pastorini
Laura Ramírez García, @ramirezgarcialau
Black Wolzak, @pretawolzak
Natsuko Hattori, @ natsuko.hattori
Brankica Zilovic, @brankicazilovic
Carolina Vaz, @
João Bruno Videira, @joaobruno_design

Exhibition: “Contrasts of Form”
From November 30 to February 20, 2021
Format: Viewing Room and 360 ° Virtual Tour
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I'm interested to see if anyone here can help me identify this painting. It was originally purchased by my Aunt in Ethiopia in the 1960's. Other than that, I have no information other than what's in the painting. What is the event depicted? What does the writing mean?
Thank you, IFAM! Dwaraka's lecture was great!
Bayate group receiving their "Community Impact" Award in Mella, Cuba.
The International Folk Art Market, IFAM, will be held virtually this year on Friday, July 10, 2020. More details to come but this is a fantastic event that everyone should participate in by buying awesome artwork and supporting artisans from all over the world. I hope next year this event will be held in Santa Fe once again.

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To all at IFAM: ✨🌍✨I am profoundly sorry that you are cancelling this year... for the Hearts of Everyone, and especially, for the Hearts of ALL the Womder-Full Native Peoples, who come here, from all over the world!!! ✨🙏✨

I am sure this was not an easy decision for you, as well.✨💜✨

Although this is not billed, as a spiritual event..... It is the most spiritual event I ever attend! This is BeCause, all of these beautiful people from all over the world, Who are so here - FROM THE HEART - and BeCause Everyone is so happy to see and BE with them!

For those who, are not familiar with this AMAZING GATHERING::
This event is a true “Labor of Love!” ✨💜✨
There were around 2,000 Volunteers, in each of these last two years....
Sharing their JOY💕 and keeping everything running like clockwork!

The presenters are often from small villages, that do not even have communications. There are special projects to support these people, and others, who may be doing innovative things, ie: Women’s Art Projects, for special purposes.

Around 85% - 93% of the profit from sales of the art, goes back to these Native People! ✨🙏✨🌈✨🌈✨🌈✨

Escorts and translators are provided.... along with hotels and food, provided for the presenters.
There is ethnic MUSIC all weekend, on the main stage! (So, dancing too✨💃✨)
There is ethnic food, in the food court all weekend.

I have seen original art✨ that I had never seen before in my Life!✨🌈✨
(...some of which is now in my sanctuary✨)

Imagine 150 people, from all over the world, in their native costumes, arriving with their open hearts and JOY✨🌈✨
You can feel them when they come into town... the Presence is palpable and uplifts the entire area!✨💕✨

I Wish You All ... All the Goodness of Life 🌟You Are!
Thank You, all, for being here, with so much Beauty and Love to share!✨🌈✨
Thank You, all, at IFAM, for this Gift of Love, you have given us all, year after year!✨🦋✨🌍✨🙏✨💜✨
IFAM missed a great opportunity to have the very best in Alibrije art shown and sold in 2020 when they did not chose Zeny and Reyna Fuentes, the best in the world, to represent the Alibrije art class. Compare and your eyes will not deceive you.
Are you a business with unique perspective, a creative point of view? You could be our people! Our wedding couples are looking for out-of-box and out-of-this-world elements for their perfect day. Do you craft magic wands? Vintage clothing or dishes? Bespoke hats? Our different kind of wedding show is now accepting applications from different kinds of business. If that sounds like, we'd love to meet. 505.933.5860
When will IFAM announce 2020 artisan line up?
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For more information about the International Folk Art Market, please visit The International Folk Art Alliance, and its signature event the International Folk Art Market, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a world that values the dignity and humanity of the handmade, honors timeless cultural traditions,
and supports the work of folk artists serving as entrepreneurs and catalysts for positive social change.

Timeline photos 09/22/2022

“Widely held to be the most intrinsically Hungarian of clothing items, the cifraszűr gained popularity around the end of the 18th century, when successes in agriculture and sweeping new regulations governing the relationship between landlords and peasants had improved circumstances for many, allowing commoners to spend more on decorative clothing. It was this that prompted tailors specializing in the production of modest outerwear from thick felted wool to begin crafting more distinctive pieces, decorated as lavishly as the rough material would permit.

As this positive turn in economic circumstances was felt first in the western half of the country, it is no coincidence that it was from there that the fashion for coats ‘fancied up’ [or ‘tcifrált,’ hence the ‘cifra’ in cifraszűr] with felt appliqué and decorative stitching first spread.” - Néprajzi Múzeum



Embroidery on an 1870 Hungarian szűr from Bihar, Transylvania, Romania. Photo of an image in Cifraszűrök by Alice Gáborján. With the invention and then the availability of the sewing machine in Transylvania, felt appliqué became popular in the late 1800s, replacing much of the finely-detailed hand embroidery like this. Patterns come from Ottoman Turk motifs with roses, tulips, carnations, rosemary, and a swirl pattern.

Timeline photos 09/21/2022

Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, founder of the Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco, who attended the 2022 IFAM, will be giving a free Zoom lecture presented by New York Textile Month.

“The story of the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco began in the 1970s when Nilda along with a group of women started to gather in each other’s homes to spin and weave. These Quechua weavers from the village of Chinchero realized that Cusqueñan textile traditions were beginning to disappear. Join this Zoom lecture to learn about her journey of founding this non-profit organization to revive Quechua textile traditions and empower weavers, especially women, of the Andean region of Cusco, Peru.”

Registration & Info:


Join us tomorrow from 7-8pm for a zoom lecture with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez! Learn about Alvarez's journey of founding her non-profit organization to revive Quechua textile traditions and empower weavers, especially women, of the Andean region of Cusco, Peru.

Link in bio to register!


Lotus silk is produced using delicate lotus stem fibers. The textile first originated in Myanmar (Burma), and is now also woven by smaller-scale cottage industries in Vietnam.⁣⁣
Due to the complexity and labor-intensive nature of weaving lotus fibers, lotus silk is considered one of the most expensive textiles in the world.⁣⁣
Lotus silk weaving originated in Inle Lake in Myanmar's Shan State and was invented by an Intha woman named Sa Oo in the village of Kyaingkhan in the early 1900s. ⁣⁣
She first wove a Buddhist monastic robe using lotus fibers, called kya thingan, as an offering to the abbot of a local monastery, and offered similar monastic robes to the principal Buddha images at Phaung Taw Oo Pagoda.⁣⁣
The weaving practice went extinct after her death, and was subsequently revived by her relatives, Tun Yee and Ohn Kyi, who began a cooperative to modernize and systematize the weaving practice.⁣⁣
Video: Business Insider ⁣⁣

Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/18/2022

It’s a beautiful day on Museum Hill! We had the best time doing a simple flower-dye demo with you all for Community Day. If you’re in Santa Fe make your way up to the Hill for a full day of events, performances, and demonstrations until 4 pm.

All Museum Hill Partner sites; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian are free to the public today!

Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/18/2022

Did we mention the food? We visited an artisanal olive oil maker, tasted cheese from the oldest cheesemaker in France, shopped at outdoor markets for local delicacies, and had picnics under the cypress trees. Food in France is definitely an art, and numerous local laws seek to preserve the integrity of local food traditions.

If you're interested in joining us on this vibrant feast for the senses next year, the dates are May 12 - 21, 2023. Email [email protected] for more details!

Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/17/2022

Prune Faux is a well-known Plumassière — feather artist — who has worked with haute-couture brands like Chanel and now focuses on her own creations and on keeping the art of featherwork alive. We visited her studio on the recent IFAM Passport trip to Provence, and were wowed by her incredible art... all made from feathers!

If you're interested in joining us on this journey into the living art traditions of this incredible region, the next dates are May 12 - 21, 2023. Email [email protected] for more details!

Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/16/2022

Our recent IFAM Passport Trip to Provence included a visit to the house of Ruth Ribeaucourt, editor of FAIRE magazine, and a collector of 18th and 19th-century French fabrics. Her family is one of the last traditional ribbon makers in France, still using the jack loom to produce their beautiful creations. We'll visit Ruth next year too, and see if she's cleared out any more space in her atelier ;)

If you're interested in joining us on this incredible journey next year, the dates are May 12 - 21, 2023. Email [email protected] for more details!

Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/15/2022

Our inaugural IFAM Passport trip to Provence this past May was a beautiful success! We spent ten days exploring local markets and medieval hilltop villages, eating delicious Provençal food, and visiting artists who keep multi-generational traditions alive. Potter Alain Brifa uses the local ochre tints of Rousillon in his traditional clay ceramics. Local basketmakers are succeeding in preserving the art of traditional Provençal basket-weaving.

If you're interested in joining us on this vibrant feast for the senses next year, the dates are May 12 - 21, 2023. Email [email protected] for more details!

Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/14/2022

Join 2022 IFAM artist Asif Shaikh for a special free webinar, Embroidery from Craft to Art: The Craft Heritage of the Mochis of Kutch, Gujarat.

Embroidery is a traditional handicraft of India practiced by skilled artisans. Today, the finest embroidery pieces find a place of pride in museum collections. The book The Shoemaker’s Stitch: Mochi Embroideries of Gujarat in the TAPI Collection by Shilpa Shah and Rosemary Crill showcases some examples of the Mochi community’s craft. Apart from the communities that traditionally practiced embroidery, nowadays new skilled artisans have also entered the trade.

In this session, Rosemary Crill and Asif Shaikh will be in conversation with Radhi Parekh. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

In collaboration with Niyogi Books.

Images from The Shoemaker’s Stitch: Mochi Embroideries of Gujarat in the TAPI Collection by Shilpa Shah and Rosemary Crill


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Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/13/2022

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us last Friday afternoon for our event with Rangina Hamidi of Kandahar Treasure. A special thank you to IFAM Volunteers, and of course, our partners @wiscsantafe and @global_santa_fe.

We shared a truly inspiring conversation between Rangina and Jordan Young, Executive Director of WISC, on the importance of creativity amidst times of destruction, the state of Afghanistan today, and Rangina’s personal experiences as the former Minister of Education in Afghanistan.

Stay in the loop by signing up for our Weekender via our website for future events, Folk Art Matters lectures, & pop-ups.

Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/09/2022

Dreamy turquoise! Stop by IFAM Center today, September 9th, for our pop-up with Kandahar Treasure.

They brought gorgeous tunics, dresses, scarves, tablecloths, children's clothing, and accessories.

Pop Up: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm⁣⁠
IFAM Center⁣⁠
620 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe NM 87505⁣

Photos from International Folk Art Market's post 09/09/2022

HAPPENING TODAY: Pop-up with Kandahar Treasure at IFAM Center and a conversation with Rangina Hamidi at Women’s International Study Center / Acequia Madre House. Details below.


Pop Up: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm⁣
IFAM Center⁣
620 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe NM 87505⁣

Lecture: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm⁣
Acequia Madre House⁣
614 Acequia Madre, Santa Fe, NM 87505⁣


“Kandahar Treasure provides work for culturally homebound women, an important first step in securing their economic independence. One-third of the women working with Kandahar Treasures are widows or heads of households. The organization operates from the premise that women’s value in the household rises when they contribute financially in caring for themselves and their children. As Carmella Padilla, international folk art authority, notes, “In Afghanistan, when decades of war wipe out venerable examples of cultural art, sales of embroidered textiles help resurrect an artist tradition and restore pride in women who carry on the tradition.” Today more than 300 women embroider khamak within aesthetic and cultural boundaries as they create new answers for their lives.” - Embroidering with Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future

“To change the face of Kandahar was not part of my business plan. But over the years it gives me a tremendous amount of pride knowing that on the one hand, Kandahar is dangerous and full of violence, but at the same time we are creating beauty, we’re creating art, we’re creating textiles that have a longer history in my country than the more recent negative images and perceptions. I’m helping to build that society of construction, not destruction.” - Rangina Hamidi, Embroidering with Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future

Timeline photos 09/08/2022

Mark your calendars: IFAM Community Open House

Date & Time
Fri, September 30, 2022
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM MDT

International Folk Art Market
620 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

On July 6, 2022, we officially purchased our long-time residence at 620 Cerrillos Road. We would like to celebrate this momentous occasion with our friends, family, and community to honor the many individuals who donated their time, creativity, and resources to renovating the building and securing its purchase. You! Light refreshments will be provided as we gather to warm our new home. We will also kick off our Community Ofrenda at this time and welcome you to bring in loving tributes to your loved ones who have passed on.

Many of you have seen the tremendous amount of growth the International Folk Art Market has undergone since its inception in 2004. Knowing that we have landed in an official home for IFAM and the incredible artists who grace us each year, has provided us with great excitement–come revel in it with us!

*This event is free and open to the public, but we are asking for your RSVP so that we can get a headcount. Also, as many of you know, parking is less than ideal at IFAM Center - please plan to park in the surrounding area or catch a ride!


Blockprint by IFAM artist Dairan Fernández de la Fuente, Cuba

Timeline photos 09/07/2022


Khamak, an intricate form of embroidery, was birthed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Traditional khamak features geometric designs, stemming from Islamic art. However, following the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s, many Afghans fled to neighboring Pakistan–this forced migration impacted khamak traditions as practitioners began to explore new designs and techniques found in Pakistani embroidery, particularly designs related to flora and fauna.

The process begins with the selection of fine fabric (silk, cotton rayon, etc.), artists then sketch the shape of their design. Locating the midpoint of their design, the artist will need to count, thread by thread, from the midpoint to the boundary point in order to create the first side of their diagonal shape. Unlike textile practices that utilize frames or hoops, khamak is done directly on the fabric’s backside without any tools holding it taut. Not only must they keep the fabric tight, but one miscount can ruin the entire design, forcing the artist to take each stitch out one-by-one. The incredible detail and time required to produce these designs have heralded khamak as one of the world’s finest embroidery techniques.

📷 from Embroidering Within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future by Rangina Hamidi and Mary Littrell

Don’t forget! If you’re in Santa Fe, New Mexico this week IFAM is hosting a pop-up with Kandahar Treasure and a lecture with Rangina Hamidi in collaboration with @wiscsantafe and @global_santa_fe. RSVP is required for the lecture, find the link in our bio.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Kandahar Treasure Pop-Up
Time: 10 am - 3:30 pm
Location: IFAM Center (620 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505)

The Needle Is Mightier Than The Sword: Rangina Hamidi Lecture
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Acequia Madre House (614 Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe, NM 87505)

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Over the past 15 years, the International Folk Art Market has been providing opportunity to folk artists at the world’s largest market of its kind. Our organization has expanded programs to meet the specific challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace. What was born out of Santa Fe as a small grass roots organization focused on one weekend a year, has now grown into a nonprofit empowering international folk artists year-round. Please visit to learn more.

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