Paola Gianturco and Toby Tuttle
from their book
In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World
Monacelli Press, 2000
Doll-shaped purses knitted of colorful yarn were inspired thirty years ago by a Peace Corps volunteer who encouraged Quechua women in southern Bolivia to substitute bright hues for traditional grays and tans. Local women wear these purses dangling from their belts, a male and female paired, each doll unique.
Even holidays do not keep knitters from working. Drinking chicha (corn beer) from a gourd, Margarita Torrico de Vargas, a member of Freedom from Hunger's microenterprise Ion group, celebrates Corpus Christi while she knits.
Gianturco and Tuttle photographed and interviewed ninety craftswomen in twenty-eight villages in twelve countries on four continents. For more information visit: www.HerHands.com
Editor's Note: The above was obtained from the calendar, In Her Hands - Craftswomen Changing the World, published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc., Box 6099, Rohnert Park, California 94927, USA. For more information or to place an order: 800-227-1428; www.pomegranate.com
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