Hutzot haYotzer, 2011 (International Arts & Crafts Fair, Jerusalem)
Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 19, 2011
It’s that time of year again! Debbie and I went to Hutzot haYotzer last night. Although we went early, it was quite crowded. My main interest is the International Pavilion.
A Slovakian bobbin lacemaker was working on a 5-pair design on a cylindrical pillow:
A Croatian lacemaker stopped to show me her sol needlelace. She used homemade square, circular, and heart-shaped forms cut from heavy plastic.
Indian Ikat weaver wrapping warp threads.
Traditional Ikat begins with wrapping the warp threads tightly with string.
The threads are dipped in dyes (it’s a form of tie-dye, actually), unwrapped, and left to dry. Then they’re woven into cloth. That’s how the unusual patterns are formed, although nowadays most Ikat is printed.
Four embroiderers were working on shirts in the Romanian booth.
Guatemalan textiles are so colourful! They’re commercially woven but very reasonably priced.
Peruvian tapestry weaving, but the old floor loom in front is just a display piece.
Molas, handmade but strictly tourist-trade quality. I didn’t spot anything unusual there.
Extremely cheap Andean knitting. Not sure how one makes a profit on a 35 NIS alpaca hat…
This Bolivian piper is a regular at the festival.
The El Salvador booth had a few elaborate arpilleros for sale.
This year there were a couple gallery spaces, one for sculpture and another for painting. The sculpture section turned into an extension of the food court because seating space is scarce.
At this point we moved to the Israeli pavilion.
It was great seeing Nuni again. She was my basket-weaving teacher. She makes gorgeous baskets and dyes the reeds herself.
Papafork makes wonderful whimsical sculptures out of recycled computer and kitchen junk!
Chess set made of dreidels (spinning tops), by the Dreidel House.