Burke Museum | Mobile Home


Empowering Women - Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities

June 12, 2013 – Oct. 27, 2013

One Moroccan artist teaches a village of women to read. An embroiderer from India takes out her first loan. A Hutu woman from war-torn Rwanda works with a Tutsi to make "peace" baskets. And a soup kitchen for aids orphans delivers meals because of a folk art cooperative's success in Swaziland.

From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise living standards, and transform lives.

Empowering Women provides an intimate view of the work of ten such enterprises in ten countries. This exhibition illustrates how the power of such grassroots collaborations transform women's lives, bringing together first-person quotes, stellar photographs, and stunning examples of the cooperatives' handmade traditional arts. 

Back to exhibits