The Grand Bazaar

Lori Davidson is showing her collection of Oaxacan and Guatemalan textiles at China Woods on December 5th and 6th.

These textiles were lovingly collected in Guatemala and southern Mexico in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Lori and her late partner, Marty Baker. The couple sought the textiles out at small local markets and individual homes. During those years it was difficult to find the textiles, as they were usually passed from family member to family member, and not considered to be part of the retail trade.

The textiles are rich in color, pattern, and history. The traje (traditional dress) is a statement of cultural and personal identity, giving a sense of place and belonging, with each village featuring unique styles and colors.  Elements of the women’s traje are the huipil (blouse), corte (skirt), and faja (belt).  The weave and design of the huipil may identify a women’s individual personality as well as her marital, social, wealth, and religious status.  A huipil may take several months to weave on a backstrap loom. Examples of most of these pieces will be available for sale at the event.

Also showing at the event are Antonia Wolf, Jane Butler, Linda Helding, and Roberta Anderson.

Antonia is selling her handcrafted jewelry, as well as photographs taken during her travels in Montana, Europe, and the Middle East.  All photography sales benefit the YWCA of Missoula.

Jane Butler is offering her ingenious folded book art. Jane folds the pages of books into origami-like structures that are beautifully crafted statements on the importance of books in our electronic age.

Arlee fabric artist, Linda Helding, is selling her hand-dyed scarves. 

Roberta Anderson will be showing and talking about her book, Thank You, India, an account of her lengthy convalescence in India resulting from breaking her leg – twice!

China Woods is at 716 N. Dickens, at the corner of Toole and Dickens. Please call 550-2511 for more information.

More may be learned about Marty Baker in these two Missoulian articles: