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A Story of Hope All Across Africa

The Rwandan Genocide resulted due to the civil war within the country involving two ethnic communities, the Hutu and the Tutsi. It is estimated that in a hundred day period, between April 7 to mid-July 1994, close to a million Rwandans lost their lives, leaving the country in shambles. The inspiring Story of All Across Africa (AAA) comes from the hope of the women of Rwanda for a better future as the country rebuilds and reconciles with its past. The Rwanda women artisans that weave these baskets, are really weaving their stories, hope, and aspirations into baskets that become part of the lives of people who buy these baskets. Maliceline is a part of a weaving cooperative through All Across Africa...

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The Unicorn Tapestries

Art and artisans have transcended regions, cultures and time and one never has to travel far to find either. Our team Shokunin loves exploring different traditional arts and crafts together, and a few days ago on a beautiful spring afternoon, we decided to make the trek to the Cloisters Museum, right here in NYC. Source The Cloisters is dedicated to medieval art and boasts an impressive collection, but the real draw that brought us there were the lush gardens and the Unicorn tapestries. The Unicorn tapestries are permanent exhibits at the Museum and we were most curious about them not just for their construction but also for the unicorns in these tapestries as these fabled creatures have been a topic of scholarly discussions...

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Amirugumi: Our Crocheted Friends!

Team Shokunin recently had the joy of going to ResoBox, a Japanese Cultural arts center in New York City.  Walking around the exhibit was like walking into a wonderland of toys just waiting to come to life! Many cultural centers are dedicated to presenting traditional cultural experiences, reminding expatriates and their descendants of the beauty and pride of their heritage.  Image source However, ResoBox is a little different as it is dedicated to infusing the world with Japanese art and culture, and to see how it changes and influences the world around it. The 3rd Annual Amigurumi Exhibition was held between Dec 9, 2016 - Mar 31, 2017 and it was called “World Amigurumi Exhibition vol. 3: Mixed Materials Made Mini Monsters! The exhibition required that each...

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