| Our friend Stephen, director of special collections at the Cleveland Public Library, located folk dolls from all over the world, which we were able to photograph for AkTenamit last summer* * *|
We also brought to AkTenamits artesania workshop some handmade fabric folk dolls, which my stepmother, mother-in-law, and friend Stephen had collected for us when Douglas and I had visited the States this past summer. Theyre for inspiration, to show the Qeqchi women how to construct a fabric doll, and how to make traditional clothing for each of them, so they can sell them in the AkTenamit tienda (which wed painted in July, and which was now, thrillingly, open for business). The idea is that each handmade doll would be unique, named after the woman who created it, signed by her, and would include the personal story of the womans family. We wont be around to see what happens with this projectthings move slowly on the riverbut we hope for the best.