DIY Hands - Khamsas
Hands are symbols of strength and power. Around the world hands are also seen as a sign of welcome, protection, and blessing.
DIY Sewn Stories
In the Museum of International Folk Art, we have a special exhibit that looks at how communities across different continents told stories in difficult times. Each community used embroidery, quilting and applique to share what was hard, special, or important to them, or what they wanted to remember about their homes, families, and communities.
DIY Symmetrical Cut-outs
Paper-cutting is a centuries-old technique that was initially practiced by Chinese artisans. In the 16th century, Chinese paper cutting was introduced to Persia (Iran) and over time the technique spread to Europe. This influence can still be seen today in the intricate Polish paper-cutting designs, and the brightly colored papel picado (cut tissue paper banners) from Mexico.
DIY Paper Beads
In some communities, beads are used at important moments in life and can represent passages such as birth, becoming an adult, marriage, and death—or power and status.
DIY Amulet Necklace
Amulets are used for protection, as a charm, and to fulfill wishes. Ex-votos or votive offerings or milagros (Spanish for miracle) are presented as gifts in gratitude for answered prayers or as a method of divine assistance.