#785 Woven Yarn

Acquired 2017

From The Silk Road a fair-traded organization that works directly with 36 artisans from Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Jaia in the West Bank of Palestine. These artisans depend on tourists for income. But as violence continues, tourism has decreased, and it is very hard to make a living. Through shipping direct to markets outside the region, the artisans have found some stability. The piece I have selected is woven speckled black, gray yarn woven tightly around die cut black wood pieces. The woven yarn creates the bodies of the six figures. Included are Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and three traditional animals - the ox, lamb, and camel. Purchase price, $74.00. October 2017.