When you exit the buses, flags mark the way to enter the festival.
The pathway in seems to stretch on forever.
We've finally arrived!
Oh my gosh, look at the crowd of people in the photo below!
The organizing group has made the process of attending as smooth as possible. Buses run steadily to and from the site (you cannot drive there; it would be a traffic disaster!). Water stations are plentiful throughout the festival, so in the dry dessert air you should never get dehydrated. At at International Food Court in the festival, you can find just about anything imaginable to eat. Global musical and dance performances are continuous at a central stage. Free lunches were delivered to the artists by volunteers during the busy day. Museums on the site are free of charge, with rest rooms, and are also a place to take a break from the hot sun or the rain (it rained a bit in the afternoon on both days of the festival). I spent a bit of time at the Museum of International Folk Art, and it is an incredible place. When we waited in line for the buses in a sudden torrential downpour, they began handing out umbrellas to those in the queue; yes, they seemed to have thought of everything! (Unfortunately, we were soaked through and through by the time I got an umbrella; remember those photos of the path that I posted above? There's no cover on that very long path. Weirdly, while waiting in the queue, I had another crazy allergic reaction, breaking out in hives all over my body from the cold rain. I know, it sounds weird, and I'm still trying to figure out why this is happening to me!)
And now for a whole bunch of photos...
This man (above) makes these amazing baskets from telephone wire!
Below, the mad crush. Seriously!!
I plan to tell you about the incredible Huichol artist who made the yarn paintings in the photo below in my next blog post.
These vases below are made from kind of a papier-mache process, but instead of paper, they are made with tobacco leaves!
Below, balls of indigo
These gorgeous silk scarves with wool felting were a huge hit at the festival, but, since I'm sensitive to wool, I took photos instead of buying.
And the mad crush continues...
Above, one of the incredible Huichol yarn painters that I'll be telling you about in my next post.
These retablos (the photo directly below) were maybe the most incredible thing at the entire Folk Art Market. Obviously, out of my price range!!
I'll be telling you more in my next blog post about the Oaxacan woodcarving artist who made the beautiful pieces in the photos directly above and below this line of type.
Surprise, surprise! In the midst of the market, here's Tracy (below), a blogger/Facebook/NAEA friend. It looks like she's having a great time too!