International art market to draw thousands to New Mexico

FILE - In this July 11, 2015, file photo, indigenous artisans, who are part of the weaving network Crafts Kalimantan, organize their wares during the 12th annual International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, N.M. Now in its 13th year, the 2016 International Folk Art Market will feature artists from more than 60 different countries, and organizers say this year marks an opportunity to celebrate differences despite ongoing strife around the globe. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — From fine embroidery to handwoven baskets, the 13th annual International Folk Art Market has something from every corner of the globe.

The market is already the largest of its kind in the world, and organizers say this year will be even bigger, with nearly 200 artists representing several dozen countries.

At a time of global strife, co-founders Judy Espinar and Carmella Padilla are aiming to bring people together to celebrate talent and tradition.

The festivities open Friday evening and run through Sunday on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill. Some 20,000 visitors are expected.

About 850 folk artists from more than 90 countries have participated since the market’s inception. Sales have totaled $23 million — nearly all of which has gone home with the artists to finance countless community improvement projects. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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