We went back on Aug. 22 to Hutzot haYotzer, the International Arts and Crafts Fair in Jerusalem, and I bought a few small things, including a couple inexpensive pieces of commercial Ikat cloth. I chatted with Surendra Meher, the weaver in the photo above. As you can see from his work on the wall behind him, his weaving is quite impressive, very different from the cheap pieces that were for sale. I couldn’t get a close look because he was standing between passersby and the shawls, probably making sure no one would damage them. I also bought a shoulder bag because I liked the mixture of blues.
A Thai woman painted t-shirts and parasols:
The woman in the photo below was selling Chinese embroideries.
I love the colourful textiles at one of the Cameroon booths but I couldn’t really justify buying another bag!
Next door an Indian woman was selling batiks.
No Transylvanian castle should be without a Vlad the Impaler wall clock. Spotted at the Romanian booth.
They were selling fresh, very aromatic coffee in tiny cups at the Ethiopian booth. A couple women were also doing hair-wrapping.
I spotted a macrame border on this orange cloth covering the table at one of the Brazilian booths. I photographed it because lacy macrame is not too common around here.
I bought a wood wall clock from Israeli designer Ofek Wertman. He’s the guy in the back right corner in the photo below.
There were many interesting clocks for sale at the fair, but this one appealed to me as a personal statement (because I’ve created my life several times over) than as an artistic piece. It’s hanging on my bulletin board at work.
Basta had some lovely, simple pieces made from enameled metal.
Some of Nuni Yanai‘s beautiful stars. She imports her basket reeds from the US and dyes them herself.