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September, 2004:

Ms. Magazine | Artists of Matenwa: Painting scarves brings rural Haitian women money, pride and hope

GLOBAL NEWS | fall 2004


The Artists of Matènwa
Painting scarves brings rural Haitian women money, pride and hope

by Edwidge Danticat

Matènwa’s scarf painters draw their imagery from history, mythology, the Bible, Vodou and memories of vanished flora and fauna / photo by Ellen LeBow

Life is very hard on La Gonave, a small off-shore island northwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Recent uprisings have severely reduced the supply of food, water and medical supplies, where they had barely existed at all

Ms. Magazine | Artists of Matenwa: Painting scarves brings rural Haitian women money, pride and hope