Everyday our lives are becoming more connected with people around the world and a common thread in our global community is folk art. Folk art can serve to create a new awareness of our emerging sense of a world community, with art in all its forms serving as a universal language-as a means toward understanding the history, culture, and values of other peoples.
Having a piece of folk art on our walls, in our kitchens, or decorating our couches is great reminder of the stories of the artists who created them. Here are just a few of our favorite artists whose folk art and stories enhance our lives.
“Today, ikat is the national textile of an independent Uzbekistan.”
The artists of the Crafts Development Center use silk and cotton, all produced in Uzbekistan, to make tunics, wall-hangings, and other items. The weaving of ikat is a complicated process: raw silk goes through 37 steps, including many dyeings, before a piece is considered complete. “Our hands touch up to 4,000 strands of silk during the process,” Rasuljon says. Traditionally, men warp and dye the silk, and women complete the weaving.
"I hope every customer knows that each piece they buy contributes to renewing hope in a community in Haiti."
“When I do my work,” he says, “I put my heart in it. I hope that my works helps the people who buy it to appreciate the value of the handmade.” For 26 years, the Haitian artist has shaped recycled oil drums into distinctive pieces of home décor and office accessories, including bowls, mirrors, wall art, picture frames, trash bins and trays.
"My principal inspiration is to reflect hope and happiness in my work. I want people around the world to be able to see the joy and happiness of life in Cuba."
Inspired by his personal history, living in the heart of Cuba surrounded by fields of sugar cane and the simplicity of farmer’s lives, Roberto Esteban’s paintings mirror more than its colors and textures. Roberto believes in possibilities, using his art to express an underlying sense of hope and happiness; transcending the limits of words.
"Our Artists are empowered through tradition."
Today, Janakpur’s female artists are famed for their paintings on handmade paper, which also incorporate metal, canvas, silk, and cotton. The painting techniques, named for the Maithili speakers of Nepal, emerged three thousand years ago, when residents of the Himalayan foothills painted mythological images on the walls of their homes and places of worship.
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