World arts, crafts on display here this weekend

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Looking for undiscovered art from remote regions of the world?

If so, the First Baptist Church’s “Women on Mission” WorldCrafts “Shop with Purpose” event this Saturday may be the answer.

Organizer Connie Seale said the event is a “wonderful opportunity to discover authentic, handmade art made from renewable resources in remote regions of the world, and to learn more about little-known cultures.”

WorldCrafts was founded in 1996, and is a division of WMU, and has sought impoverished artisans in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to provide an audience for their handmade crafts.

The work is hand-crafted, usually from all-natural, renewable resources.

Often, the artisans who create the unknown art live in poverty, not able or not knowing how to find an audience for their work.

WorldCrafts pays artisans a fair price that covers not only their costs, but also ensures sustainable production, and offers them for sale at events like the one set here in Andalusia on Aug. 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Covington Baptist Association Building on Hwy. 84.

“Eventgoers will have the opportunity to purchase these handmade items, which include Christmas ornaments and nativities; jewelry; accessories such as purses, scarves and totes; home décor items and stationery,” Seale said.