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June 25, 2013

Artists and street market at Burke Museum

Empowering Women Artisan Market
Burke Museum
Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21
10 am - 3 pm both days

Seattle – Artists from Rwanda, Morocco, Laos, Nepal, India, and Bolivia will demonstrate their skills in basketry, printing, weaving, and more during the Empowering Women Artisan Market at the Burke Museum on July 20-21, 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 exhibit Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities. This event is so big it will spill outside the museum’s walls, in true street-market style!

Leaders from six of the cooperatives featured in the Empowering Women exhibit will travel to the Burke from around the world. Their stunning paintings, wall hangings, baskets, clothing, and jewelry will be available for purchase this weekend only. Purchasing these goods is a simple and direct way to support the grassroots cooperatives.

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 display. Shop items from the display and talk to individuals about how they partner with artisans across the globe to bring hand-crafted products to the market in the Northwest. Organizations include:

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

Additional activities include:

  • Fair trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages will add to the Artisan Market by offering baskets, textiles, clothing, sculptures, and more goods made by co-ops from around the world.
  • The Empowering Women 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.
  • Hands-on family activities on Sunday, 7/21 only.

For more information and updates on the Empowering Women Artisan Market, go to www.burkemuseum.org/empowering.

High resolution images available, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

*Please Note: Previous press releases about the Empowering Women Artisan Market stated Earthues would be leading talks and demonstrations. Earthues is no longer able to participate in the Artisan Market programs.

Empowering Women is a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with guest curator Dr. Suzanne Seriff. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is hosting the exhibit with sponsorship from: 4Culture, Microsoft, and Quest for Truth Foundation; and support from: Kym Aughtry, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, Marrella Fund, OneFamily Foundation, Ten Thousand Villages, Tulalip Tribes, Women's Funding Alliance, and U.S. Bancorp Foundation.

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Baskets created by the members of the Gahaya Links Cooperatives, Rwanda.
Photo © Judith Cooper Haden, 2009.
Gahaya Links member Christine Uwera with one of her peace baskets.
Photo courtesy of Willa Shalit, Fair Winds Trading.
Blankets from Haiti Babi.
Photo courtesy of Haiti Babi.
A weaver from Awamaki’s Women’s Cooperative Program.
Photo courtesy of Awamaki.