Artisans are thriving again in post-quake Haiti

Christmas in August

In this Dec. 11, 2012 photo, Ivonne Paul, 68, prepares wooden bowls at the Einstein wood shop in Carrefour, Haiti. Before the 2010 earthquake, Haiti’s renowned artisans were beholden to the occasional tourist or Haitian emigrants who would cart a suitcase of baubles back home. But now the artisan industry is enjoying an outright resurgence as it’s boosted by artisan advocacy groups that are helping organize workers and improve quality. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The sharp tang of varnish hangs in the air as a dozen women and a few men cut and scrape logs into bowls destined for U.S. department stores. In other Haitian workshops, vases sparkle with sequins of pink, green and blue, and dragonflies leap from picture frames cut from recycled steel drums.

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