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Marc Romanelli, International Folk Art Market 2016

For many artists in developing communities, creativity is abundant, but cash is not.

In Sarawak on the Island of Borneo, Senia Jugi learned at a young age to weave using bamboo, bembem, arrowroot and rattan. Her ethnic group, the Iban, use baskets for all kinds of everyday tasks as well as ritual occasions. She's advanced far beyond those early years and her works have received the UNESCO-World Crafts Council Award of Excellence.

Jabulile Nala began making pottery when she was 13 and was taught by her mother and grandmother. But the family legacy stretches back for over 100 years and the Nala name is synonymous with Zulu ceramics. The work of her mother, Nesta Nala, is in major collections around the world. But it can be a struggle to continue this legacy without access to markets beyond their village.

One-hundred sixty artists from 53 countries will gather in Santa Fe this weekend for the 14th Annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Many will earn the majority of their income at the market and the proceeds help communities achieve economic independence.