Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, 2002

The Silk Road

A mixing of distant and near icons

 

Live animals are always interesting to me!

 

Look at the size of the feet on these guys!

 

This Indian man was demonstrating fabric stamping. He's filling in the outlines by stamping the fill color by aligning the carved wooden stamps by eye! And doing a darn precise job of it!

 

Here's the result of the fabric stamping--it's a squirrel sitting in the Tree of Life

 

But what I liked BEST at the folklife festival was the troope of hot, sweaty, half-naked Iranian men prancing the sound of clanging bells and beating drums: