NEW ALBANY, IN, (Oct. 9, 2012) – The hunt for treasures from around the world begins at Indiana University Southeast during “Wares of the World – An International Bazaar.”
Sponsored by IU Southeast’s International Programs, this event seeks to bring talented artisans from around the world to the Kentuckiana community on Oct. 10 and 11, 2012.
Unique, handcrafted gifts and home décor will be available for purchase and displays will showcase various cultures. The marketplace will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hoosier Room at IU Southeast.
“This program benefits so many people, including the global artisans, our international students, and the Kentuckiana community,” said Lucinda Woodward, an IU Southeast professor and director of international programs. “What a wonderful way to sample cultures from across the globe and make a difference in the lives of people in developing countries.”
IU Southeast is partnering with Ten Thousand Villages to hold the event. Ten Thousand villages is a non-profit organization that seeks to establish “fair market value” for art objects crafted in poor or undeveloped parts of the world.
Craftswoman Lucia Valdez, of Chile, is a good example of how the program has changed lives. Thirty years ago Valdez began to mold clay into useful artistic pieces. She dug clay and learned to form it into salsa dishes, piggy banks, and other shapes. With the help of Ten Thousand Villages and events similar to the one to be held at IU Southeast, Valdez was able to earn a living and support her family. Today, Valdez’s oldest son helps out in her workshop.
“My work has provided an income for my family and allowed me to work with dignity,” she said. “I feel as if I am more respected now, since I have my own business.”