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In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World

Gianturco, Paola; Tuttle, Toby; Alice Walker (foreword)

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ISBN 10: 1580930689 / ISBN 13: 9781580930680
Published by Monacelli Press, 2000
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Huge hardcover INSCRIBED BY BOTH AUTHORS to the first owner on the front endpaper. The condition is excellent with slight exterior wear, and the dust jacket is VG with slight to light wear and a minor scratch on the back panel. 255 pages, with color photographs of women and their crafts throughout. [4.2 lbs]. Bookseller Inventory # 58256

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Title: In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World

Publisher: Monacelli Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Synopsis:

All over the world, women in developing economies improve the lives of their families by creating and selling exquisite, indigenous crafts. The Ndebele beaders of South Africa, the weavers of Guatemala, the flower painters of Poland, the doll makers of Turkey, the mirror embroiderers of India, the batik artists of Indonesia—all these women draw from past traditions and contribute to the future of their cultures. In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World is a beautifully photographed documentary of ninety women in twelve countries on four continents, revealing their diverse lives and surprisingly universal aspirations.

Often driven by the harsh realities of poverty, little education, and even a lack of basic health care, female artisans are motivated by the desire to provide for their children: to dress them properly, to feed them well, and, most of all, to educate them. The need for social contact and a sense of community brings craftswomen together into small groups, which in turn gives rise to new micro-enterprises in developing countries. Many political and social organizations, including the United Nations, provide guidance and economic support, most often in the form of very small, short-term loans; thus cooperatives are created that strengthen and enrich their cultural heritage as well as individual lives and fortunes.

About the Author:

Authors Paola Gianturco and Toby Tuttle have spent five years photographing, interviewing, and writing about craftswomen for this amazing collection. The artisans’ individual voices are featured throughout the book as the authors describe their encounters with the craftswomen; amusing, affecting journal entries relate the authors’ own experiences and reflections. In Her Hands celebrates a different kind of women’s movement—one in which mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and friends join together to create beautiful crafts that contribute to a better life for themselves, their families, and for future generations.

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