Latin American, Chinese, Spanish, Indian and Romanian artists have brought an attractive and diverse range of products to the XIX International Craft Fair (Fiart 2015) in Havana between December 4 and 20.
Cotton textiles from Andalusia and much sought after pearls were some of the items on show at the exhibition‘s Spanish stands, whilst the area dedicated to India captured the attention of visitors with colorfully crafted dresses, blouses and shirts.
Shawls from Ecuador, handmade with a technique thousands of years old, that long ago were an essential bottom drawer item for every bride from the Andean nation were also on display in Havana.
This Latin American nation also exhibited a range of indigenous crafted hats, scarves, trousers and bags made from lamb’s wool and jewelry made from ivory palm, the seed obtained from an Ecuadorian palm tree.
The shape and form of artistically crafted dolls, representative of traditional Peruvian Andes dress and coats of natural fibers added to the fair held at the Cuban capital’s Pabexbo exhibition center.
An exhibition of classical and contemporary designer Argentinean urban crafts, made exclusively using 925 engraved and embossed silver, reflecting 19th century French influences, were a highlight at the event.
Costa Rica came with cloth and bamboo purses, macrame bracelets and rose and wallflower perfumes; a favorite among exhibition visitors.
Dedicated to pottery and the western province of Matanzas, Fiart 2015 exhibited and sold a wide range of furniture, shoes, fabrics and jewelry, and for those with more nature-based artistic inclinations, a novel Bonsai display.
A parallel event on theory entitled “Ceramic Arts: Aesthetic and Useful” was also held, a space to facilitate the fusion of legacies from a cultural past with more modern creative forms.
Fiart 2015, known for it’s convergence of many craft forms, hosted a singularly special presentation of the works of creative artist Raul Valladares, one of Cuba’s finest sculptors and goldsmiths.Share on FB Share on TT