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Empowering Women Artisan Market

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Sat., July 20, 2013 – Sun., July 21, 2013
10 am –  3 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

On July 20-21, come to the Burke’s Empowering Women Artisan Market, open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet artists from across the globe, purchase a wide variety of artisan-made goods, and get insider knowledge on the Empowering Women exhibit. Expect this market to spill outside the museum, in true street-market style! Click to see sneak peek photos of the market.

Six of the women-run artist cooperatives featured in the Empowering Women exhibit demonstrate their skills in basketry, printing, weaving, and more. Their beautiful pieces will be available for purchase this weekend only. Artisan cooperatives from Rwanda, Morocco, Lao PDR, Nepal, India, and Bolivia are represented.

Meet artisans from:

  • Janakpur Women’s Development Center, Nepal
  • OckPopTok, Laos
  • Self-Employed Women’s Association Trade Facilitation Center, India
  • Cheque Oitedie Cooperative, Bolivia
  • Women’s Button Cooperative of Sefrou, Morocco
  • Gahaya Links Cooperative, Rwanda

Also meet leaders of the local organizations featured in the Burke’s Northwest Connections exhibit. Talk to individuals about how they partner with artisans across the globe. Purchase their goods, including weavings, baby blankets, and more. Organizations include:

  • Haiti Babi
  • Snow Leopard Trust
  • Awamaki
  • Women’s Work

Additional activities include:

  • The exhibit’s original curator, Dr. Suzanne Seriff, will share her experience working with artisan cooperatives around the world to develop this exhibit and lead gallery tours and conversations with the artisans.
  • Fair trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages will add to the Artisan Market by offering an array of goods made by co-ops from around the world.
  • Hands-on family activities on Sunday, 7/21 only.

Plan your visit to the Burke. For more information about the Empowering Women exhibit, go to www.burkemuseum.org/empowering.

Support for the Empowering Women Artisan Market comes from:
Artisan Market Sponsor: Ten Thousand Villages
Media Sponsor: KUOW

Gahaya Links cooperative member Aristude Mukashyaka, displaying her baskets, 2009.
Photo courtesy of Fair Winds Trading.
Baskets created by the members of the Gahaya Links Cooperatives, Rwanda.
Photo © Judith Cooper Haden, 2009.
Blankets from Haiti Babi.
Photo courtesy of Haiti Babi.
Ollantaytambo, the historic Incan town where Awamaki is located, welcomes nearly half a million tourists every year. Awamaki taps into that market, arranging weaving lessons, language schools, and homestays that provide local families with a direct and sustainable income.
Photo courtesy of Awamaki.
Empowering Women Artisan Market Sponsor
Media Sponsor