#631 Viet Nam Newspaper Nativity
Acquired 2013From Viet Nam, this set is crafted by a group called Mai Handcrafts. It was started by two social workers who wanted to improve the lives of street children and single mothers in Ho Chi Minh City and the ethnic minorities in the surrounding mountain villages. Trying to build self-reliance, Mai Handcrafts reaches out to artisans in these under-served areas providing training and marketing. The profits from the sales of handcrafts are then returned to fund social work projects. This six-piece nativity set is multiple layers of rolled, coiled, and lacquered recycled magazines and newspapers to create the colorful figures with a unique vertical design. I purchased this awesome creation through Yonder Star, May 2013. Purchase price, $45.99.