PeaceCraft, African Artists Community Development Project

PeaceCraft, African Artists Community Development Project

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Gifts from around the globe can be found at the temporary PeaceCraft store, located inside Pyewackets on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, and at Marsha Winsryg’s African Artists Community Development Project’s sale, at her house in West Tisbury.

Traditional crafts from a number of third world nations can be found at exceptional prices, and all of the money raised goes to the programs of the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project.

The range of handmade items includes woolen knits from Peru, fabric purses from Thailand, fair trade coffees, teas, chocolate bars, other gourmet food items, and Christmas ornaments. The most unique and innovative crafts in the small shop are fashioned from recycled materials, including colorful candle holders and mini boxes adorned with sections of Indian bangle bracelets, and surprisingly stylish makeup bags made from old tires.

The majority of the items were purchased directly from artisans in Haiti. Displayed on the walls is a large selection of intricate two-dimensional metal sculptures crafted from discarded steel oil drums. These wall hangings are unique and lovely works of art embellished with raised patterns or hand painted. They are very reasonably priced from $14 to $95 for a beautiful large freestanding crèche scene. There are also small soapstone sculptures and other items from Haiti.

Fish Farm for Haiti, which was founded in 1997, has helped fund fish farms, a poultry production facility, and a school, among other things. Currently the group is organizing a large shipment of much-needed medical equipment and supplies for a rural clinic. It is an organization made up entirely of volunteers who purchase their own tickets for trips to Haiti, and the space housing the shop was donated by Pyewackets, so that all the money raised goes directly to their charitable efforts.

Peacecraft is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm through December 24 (hours possibly extended closer to Christmas). The store is located inside of Pyewackets, located at 135 Beach Road in Vineyard Haven.

AACDP

The African Artists’ Community Development Project will hold sales every Saturday through December 18, from 10 am to 2 pm, and anytime by appointment.

Find beautiful handmade crafts such as Zambezi Dolls, Tuareg Silver jewelry, Zambian baskets, Ghanian patchwork, Mukuni wooden bowls, gift donation cards, and much more. All proceeds help support disabled children living in Zambia, and the craftspeople who made the items.

Zambezi dolls came about when the AACDP began a project in Livingstone, Zambia, with the mothers and grandmothers of children at the Mama Bakhita School for Disabled Children. They designed a doll made of cotton jersey and removable clothing made of traditional chitenge cotton fabric. Each doll is unique and entirely hand sewn. Two-thirds of the sale price, $35, goes to the woman who made the doll and one-third goes into a fund that will buy doll supplies and perhaps afford small loans. Nightgowns and other dresses can be bought separately.

The African Artists’ Community Development Project is an Island-based not-for-profit that has evolved over 12 years into an organization that supports The Mama Bakhita School for Disabled Children in Livingstone, Zambia. In recent months, the educational program has begun paying tuitions for higher learning for young Zambians as well as beginning the Zambezi Doll Project, an income generation program for the mothers of the disabled children. Please see our website at aacdpafrica.org learn more.

The sale is at 20 Road to Great Neck, one-half mile down New Lane in West Tisbury. For more information, call Marsha Winsryg at 508-693-4059.