Around the world, colors and textures are woven into textiles, such as this one in India, painted onto walls or sewn into garments. Many of these works of art woven into daily life represent a rich heritage passed down through generations.
As the culminating presentation of a children’s arts program carried out by an Indonesian MCC partner organization, Forum for Humanity and Peoplehood, Maria Ulfa (front) and her friends perform a dance. This was part of post-tsunami work in Indonesia.
In Hanoi, Vietnam, puppeteers, standing in thigh-deep water, bow at the end of a water puppet performance. Vietnamese water puppet shows are performed in a pool of water with the water surface as the stage. Puppeteers stand behind the backdrop, controlling the puppets by long sticks.
Emily Lois, foreground, works on a beadwork Christmas ornament that will be sold in Ten Thousand Villages shops. The women of the Namayiana handicraft project in the Rift Valley of Kenya, make traditional Maasai beadwork, some of which is sold through Ten Thousand Villages and other fair trade organizations.