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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:

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;

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