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Paola Gianturco and Toby Tuttle

from their book

In Her Hands:  Craftswomen Changing the World

Monacelli Press, 2000

Near Krakow, Poland, floral painting began in the nineteenth century when village women brightened the sooty walls of their chimneyyless cottages with white lime dots, which the following generqations developed into flowers.  Now, women decorate their houses inside and out with floral designs and sell vases, bells and other gifts decorated with painted blossoms.

One of seventy floral artists in Zalipie, Poland, Zofia Owca models the traditional festival costume she embroidered while she paints nosegays by her front door.

Gianturco and Tuttle photographed and interviewed ninety craftswomen in twenty-eight villages in twelve countries on four continents.  For more information, visit:



Editors 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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