Today I had the best time at the World Artisan fair. In our community and on a snowy morning, I went for the opening hour and was happy to find few people and lots of booths to shop at. What started as Jussi asking me to go to town for something for him, ended with me at the fair LOL. When I told him I could go I did say "Do you know what you are getting me for Christmas this year? At which he replied, "No, but I guess I will know in a few hours!" he is so clever. He knows my love of supporting third world artisans and also my yearly Christmas wish. A nativity from somewhere in the world. Now there were many from Peru and Bangledesh but I found a really unusual one from banana palm leaves from Kenya, that is 2010's addition. I have ceramic and wood, my Haitian one with a coconut for the stable and a few others. Now I have one made from banana palms.
Using readily-available palm leaves, creative artisans in Bangladesh weave a multi-coloured garland featuring holiday stars in carnival purple, teal and fuchsia. A length of this also found its way home....
|Now the decision is it a gift or for me .....|
|And one of these...|
Artisans with Noah’s Ark International in India fashion this decorative wrought-iron candleholder from iron rods and sheet metal, using about 40 percent recycled iron. The cards from Nepal are handmade beauty. Each box contains a textured celebration of the festive spirit – a dove, candles, a crown, stars – crafted from handmade paper by the artisans of Nepal’s GET Paper.
Last but not least our local L'arche was selling cards and so I have original works by Bonnie and Gail...smile
I had so much fun, but then there were items on the web that I did not see...like this fabulous wall hanging...and some olive wood shaped hearts, and nativities from South America....always next year...sigh! (If you need any Christmas gifts for that hard to buy for person check out the two sites I shop from...