Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bhutanese artisans at Inman Park 39th Annual Festival

Photos: David Foster 
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Atlanta’s eclectic and revered annual Inman Park Spring Festival, a two-day celebration of parades, entertainment, dancing, and open houses the last weekend of April, took place Friday through Sunday, April 23-25, 2010.

Festival features
Atlanta’s largest street market (including a first-time Bhutanese Booth with beaded necklaces, henna body painting, and kudzu basket weaving!).

Also, food, music, fun, a most outrageous parade, and a home tour of Victorian-era treasures, Craftsman Bungalows, contemporary gems, and stunning renovations.

Bhutanese artisans and community volunteers
Atlanta Bhutanese Refugee Support Group "previously indefatigable" volunteer Craig Gilbert initiated, managed, and coordinated the project to include Bhutanese artisans among the festival vendors.

Henna artists: Bhima Thapa-Magar, Sanita Thapa-Magar, Nirmala Regmi, Bishnu Odari

Beaded necklaces: Mrs. Oma Odari

Kudzu basket weavers: Misters Dulal, Pulami, Rimal, Rudra, MarMagar, Mapchan, Samal, Timshina

Sales: Birendra Odari, Tilchand Mapchhan

Drivers: Barbara Dorfman, Craig Gilbert, Deb Tawil, Leslie and Jeff Sokolow, Tika Rizal

At the Collective: The Inman Park gallery hosted weaving demonstrations of Bhutanese kudzu baskets, and sells them year-round.

More information
Buy kudzu baskets
Contact Bhutan Baskets

Additional photos
by Vernon Gross

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