QUELICAI PEOPLES – Sponsorship to Attend Sante Fe Int’l Folk Art Festival
Dili, Timor Leste
Quelicai Textile Artist Project
The Inti Raymi Fund helped to support an entire community of Timor Leste textile weavers. The sales from these handmade textiles not only sustained them, but also ensured the preservation and continuation of this nearly extinct handcraft in their part of the world. Timor-Leste, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Maritime Southeast Asia that comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor. The local weavings from the Quelicai Weavers Association, support the community through the sales of their hand craft products. We sponsored their attendance at the annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Festival held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Why did the Inti Raymi Fund Support this?
During this festival roughly 120 artists display their crafts from approximately 60 countries. The attendance from folk art collectors and retailers is usually 20,000 during this three-day event. At this time, vendors arrive with the entire community’s art, which they created during the immediate months preceding the event. The annual sales of this event alone can be sufficient to sustain their entire community. In addition to the direct sales procured at this event, it is a wonderful opportunity for these artisans to gain valuable knowledge on wholesale and retail during training seminars during the week preceding the market sales days. Lastly, due to direct exposure, these communities of artisans have a valuable opportunity to connect with many retail shop owners who come to the festival to establish a wholesale/retail relation abroad. This event promotes a unique cultural experience for all that come.
How Inti Raymi Fund Helped
The Inti Raymi Fund supported these artisans and their communities by financing the following:
• Booth fees
• Training seminars
• Product shipment
• Airfares, lodging, meals etc. of the participating artists
• In addition: Inti Raymi donated funds sufficient to provide the individual artists with a permanent line of credit. This line will be drawn upon for the purchase of raw materials required to create the following years’ products. This community artisans’ line of credit allows them to build up more inventory in preparation for the following festival and the wholesale trade towards which they are building.
To help insure the success in the preservation of these cultures and forms of art, Inti Raymi Fund also contributed additional funds, which shall be set aside to support their attendance for the next two years as they continue their international trade training and establish business relationships abroad. What can your dollar do? Help preserve the diversity of our cultures throughout the globe.
Start Date: July, 2013
Completion Date: Est. July 2014
Funded so far: $12,000 USD
Total Project: $25,000 USD
Lives Affected: 50
Megan, Marideth Sandler, Chimu, Cipriana & Jose