Sunday, May 15, 2016

International Folk Museum in Santa Fe

My dear friend, Ellen T., told us we had to visit the International Folk Museum here in Santa Fe, so on Sunday we did (thanks for the tip, Ellen!)  Bob and I used our NARM membership through the Norman Rockwell Museum to get in free. What a great place! The Folk Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the United States, and features temporary exhibits as well as permanent ones.

The main exhibit hall fascinated us. It was filled with an eclectic collection of fabrics, dolls, dioramas, sculptures, paintings, and more. Talk about sensory overload! Here are a few of my favorite things...
The Harbour Scene, with villages from Mexico, Italy, and the Orient.
Iron Animals from Africa. The blacksmith is associated with magic and mystery because of his kinship with fire.
 The Plaza de Toros, from Spain, depicts a bullfight in front of crowds.
 A Nativity set from Poland is beautiful in its simplicity.
 A dance cape worn by dancers in Sapallanga, Peru, during the town's annual September 8 festival.
A 19th century town filled with German dollhouses, dolls, and metal toys.
Huipil (pronounced "wee-PEEL") fabric from Guatemala. A huipil is a woman's upper garment.
A detailed depiction of Heaven and Hell, complete with wailing and gnashing of teeth.

As we left the museum it was starting to rain, and the rain continued off and on throughout the afternoon. We even had some hail, which was so loud Bob and I were unable to hear each other speak. Fortunately, no damage was done to our vehicles.

I spent the afternoon happily weaving on my little band and even took a nap. We were snug as a bug in a rug in our little home on wheels.

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