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Exhibit: Artists from around the world will show and sell their goods at the ninth annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, July 13-15

By Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) — The stories are as diverse as the artists themselves: Afghan women who have lifted themselves out of poverty through a cooperative
that sells their traditional embroidery; a former cook for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army who now sells beaded corsets to help support her family and send her many grandchildren to school; and sisters from Kyrgyzstan who make hand-stitched felt and silk scarves using a family tradition that dates back some 300 years.
The women and their tales are just a sampling of the real lives behind the work that will be featured in New Mexico next month at the popular Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, which sends 90 percent of its $2 million-plus annual proceeds back to the artists and programs that can dramatically alter their lives and their communities.
The market is the largest of its kind and runs July 13-15, turning Santa Fe’s Milner Plaza into a global destination where buyers can mingle with artisans, some of whom have left remote villages for the very first time. It wil kick off with a free concert and International Folk Art artists procession at  5 p.m. Thursday at the Railyard. The procession begins a 7:30 p.m.  and the headline band African Showboyz will take the stage at 8:15 p.m.


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