The Artisans

cbf1011-0006Iara and Marcos Roque

Nova Iguacu, Brazil

When she was a child, Iara’s mother and grandmother taught her how to crochet with yarn. As an adult, she adapted her crocheting skills to use steel wire, resulting in amazing jewelry that is delicate yet sturdy and always beautiful. Iara and her husband, Marcos, work as a team with Marcos assembling the jewelry from pieces Iara crochets.

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NILWIRE-MULRonilson de Assis Magalhaes

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Known as Nilson to his friends, Ronilson has been dedicated to his craft for over 20 years and has created a truly beautiful design style recognized throughout Brazil. His work is currently displayed at one of the premier artists’ fairs in Brazil – the famous Hippie Fair in Rio, where co-founders Sara and Philip discovered Nilson in 2008.

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Kaoperativa FiraisankinaWomen of Soatanana, Madagascar

Soatanana, Madagascar

More than 100 women in the village of Soatanana in Madagascar formed a co-op in 2003 to join forces in creating lambas, one of the world’s most unique textile products. With no electricity or running water, the women create beautiful scarves and wraps completely from scratch -- from gathering the silk cocoons to weaving and dying the yarn. Their skill and products are truly remarkable.

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