Ornament Magazine

VOL39.1 2016

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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Roots Project is proudly promoting in New York and other cosmopolitan centers, in addition to selling online at an Etsy store. The Roots Project's blog lists success stories where women's lives were uplifted from circumstances which are easy to empathize with. Angelina Najaki is a married woman of the Taposa tribe, who used to work at a local brewery to make ends meet. The demanding job, having to deal with recalcitrant customers, and the pervasiveness of spirits led to her becoming an alcoholic. Recognizing the depression she was sinking into and wanting to repudiate her lifestyle, she found the Roots Project to be a refuge where other women welcomed her, and an alternative source of income as well as a place to avoid the habits that kept her stuck in a negative cycle. She can now afford her son's tuition, pay for utility fees, and have enough left over to have some time for herself and her family. She has even gone on to school, to begin learning how to read and write. Stories like Najaki's are not so unusual, but the fact that an organization like Roots can give an individual the power to rise above the environmental influences that an individual the power to rise above the environmental influences that bog them down is inspiring. Kandahar Treasure is another organization which has benefited by the Folk Art Market. It was started by Rangina Hamidi, who fled from Folk Art Market. It was started by Rangina Hamidi, who fled from Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in 1981 when she was just a small child. Eventually ending up in the United States, she attended college at the University of Virginia, earning a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and Gender Studies. However, she wanted to help the women of her homeland share in a better life that she knew was possible, and returned to Afghanistan in 2003 IDA BAGUS ANOM SURYAWAN, mask carver from Mas Village in Bali, Indonesia. Photograph © by Marc Romanelli. MARY PADAR KUOJOK, of The Roots Project from South Sudan at the 2012 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Photograph © Lisa Law. RANGINA HAMIDI, of Kandahar Treasure of Afghanistan. Photograph © Judith C. Haden. OCTAVIO ESTEBAN REYES, of Mexico with his vividly painted masks and pottery. Photograph © Lisa Law.

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