Archives for October 2017

Artisan: Helenice

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Capim durado, or what is known as “golden grass”, is a type of plant that is unique to northeastern Brazil and has been used for years to make jewelry and other items. It’s unusualness makes it popular with the tourists, so there are lots of artisans that sell golden grass handcrafts, but not everyone does…

Artisan: Edivaldo

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The “opportunity” that comes with buying one-of-a-kind or one-of-a-few items is that when you find something really cool, it’s hard to get more. You have to hope you run into that artisan again or can find someone doing something similar. A couple of years ago, in one of my evening-street-vendor-buying binges, I got these super-cool…

Artisan: Dinho

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Instrument-maker Mestre Dinho is a fixture in the Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador that serves as a home to the majority of the music, dance, and art in the city. In the Pelourinho, Dinho has shop where he sells a wide array of instruments, from congas and atabaques to xequeres and berimbaus. Entering into…

Artisan: Douglas

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We met Douglas one winter night just as he was wrapping up selling on “the Orla” (boardwalk) and getting ready to head home for the night. There are LOTS of artisans on “the Orla”, but the majority of them sit there all day long, all selling the same items as the person sitting next to…

Artisan: Meri

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Meri is a jewelry-maker who has been making and selling jewelry for 34 years. She has a stand near Mercado Modelo in the lower city where she greets tourists with a smile. While she sells a wide variety of items, ranging from leather necklaces and bracelets to flip flops to feathered earrings, what drew me…