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Aid to Artisans

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  • Avani Wild Silk Textiles Trunk Show November 18

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design


    Michael Hennessy Home Presents Avani Wild Silk Textiles

    You are invited for a champagne reception and trunk show showcasing the artistry of Avani Wild Silk Textiles on November 18, 2010 at Michael Hennessy Home from 6 pm to 8 pm.

    Avani artisans live and work in nearly 100 rural villages in the Kumaon region of Himalayan mountain region of northern India. Each of the handwoven and naturally dyed wild silk and wool shawls, scarves and throws on sale meld artistry, sustainability and community development.

    Michael Hennessy Home is a home and art gallery with well-edited selections of contemporary furnishings, art, gifts and home accessories. This inviting retail space showcases how fine craftsmanship and original art enhance a living environment, and features original, one-of-a-kind work created by notable international artists and designers.

    Join us for this exceptional opportunity to learn more about Avani’s creation of rural livelihoods and support the preservation of a rich textile tradition through your purchase of these luxurious wild silk textiles.

    Michael Hennessy Home 207 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 646.370.6575

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    February 2008

    Green was the theme at the February New York International Gift Fair and sustainability was the trend. Aid to Artisans' eco products from projects in El Salvador, Colombia and South Africa were right in step.

    Vendors at the recent New York International Gift Fair reported that business was indeed off, on an average between 10-15% but, they said, not as bad as might have been expected with the stock market headlines and the general countrywide economic jitters. The aisles were often crowded, as even in worrisome times retailers need something enticing to sell. (Pictured are Artecnica's green recycled bottles from Guatemala).

    GREEN was the clear market trend along with the now widely adopted Fair Trade emphasis. Throughout the show from Handmade to Accent on Design the emphasis was sustainability. Widespread concern for our planet's renewable resources meant that some vendors even took the trouble to list every material used in a product, the source, and the process employed in production.

    Eco-Chic from El Salvador, Colombia and South Africa

    ATA has been working "green" for years and we had many green products in our booth. Magazine editors looking for eco-chic - and they all were - could choose from El Salvador's eco-products: recycled leather bags (from leftover factory leather bits and pieces, softened, much like paper pulp and reconstituted into leather again); lace-like wicker baskets and trunks from Fibras Naturales; natural indigo t...

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    Read the original Chicago Tribune article here, which talks about the life changing efforts of Aid to Artisans recent program in Mexico.

    "Changing deadly artisan customs" Mexican artisans giving up lead -- for the sake of families and consumers By Oscar Avila | Chicago Tribune correspondent January 20, 2008 Copyright © 2008, Chicago Tribune

    SANTA FE DE LA LAGUNA, Mexico - As Nicolas Fermin tends to the clay vases and pots in his kiln, he is keeping alive the artisan traditions that the Purepecha Indians have built for generations along the shores of Lake Patzcuaro.

    But about a decade ago, Fermin's family inherited another legacy of this art form.

    Pregnant with their second child, Fermin's wife, Maria del Rosario Lucas, suffered a miscarriage like so many women in her community. Warned that the lead glaze of their pottery might be to blame, they tested their toddler, Dulce. Her lead levels were off the charts.

    As U.S. consumers worry about lead in imports from China and elsewhere, some communities just beyond America's borders struggle with the dangers of lead in the products they create. Here in this picturesque corner of Mexico, a non-profit group called Barro Sin Plomo (Clay Without Lead) is trying to persuade the Purepecha people and other Mexican producers to undo their deadly customs.

    In tandem with a separate Mexican government effort, the program has helped Fermin and hundreds of artisans, mainly in western Michoacan, start the process of switching fro...

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