July 7, 2012 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market presents:

AN EVENING WITH GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON, journalist and New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

7 pm Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street (admission fee)
Tickets: Lensic Box Office or call the Lensic Box Office at 505-988-1234

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s riveting book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, follows the true story of Kamila Sidiqui, an extraordinarily determined young female entrepreneur living under the restrictive and punishing rule of the Taliban in Kabul after the civil war. By picking up a needle and thread and establishing a clandestine sewing business, Kamila, other female members of her family and neighbors managed to earn income to feed themselves and survive under impossible conditions for women. From reporting Kamila’s inspirational story, Ms. Lemmon has become a major voice to encourage financial institutions and governments to support female entrepreneurship in order to rebuild society in conflict and post-conflict regions around the world. She is Contributing Editor At Large for Newsweek Magazine and the Daily Beast, and the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relation’s Women and Foreign Policy program. She will be joined by Market participant and entrepreneur Rangina Hamidi and Gene Grant, host of PBS New Mexico in Focus.

A limited number of $125 tickets provides prime seating for the event at the Lensic, and includes a pre-event party reception with the author at the Coyote Cantina (5:30 – 6:30 pm). Party goers will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and will also receive a signed copy of the hardcover edition of Lemmon’s inspiring bestseller, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. (This is a fundraiser to support the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.)

Other tickets are priced at $35 for preferred seating, $25 general seating, and $15 balcony seating.

Full schedule of 2012 Santa Fe International Fold Art Market here.

Related: The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is a treasure for its global reach and domestic drawing power, a model for artists and artisans around the world:

Kandahar Treasures, is giving financial freedom to women who do the traditional geometric embroidery unique to the area. Started by Rangina Hamidi, an Afghan whose family fled war to the United States when she was a child, the project now has more than 400 women selling products. Some of the women earn up to $100 a month, which is almost double the average government salary. Homes with mothers and daughters participating have dramatically improved their family’s economic standing, and given women more control over their lives.

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is a results-oriented entrepreneurial 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a venue for master traditional artists to display, demonstrate and sell their work. By providing opportunities for folk artists to succeed in the global marketplace, the Market creates economic empowerment and improves the quality of life in communities where folk artists live.

It is now the largest international folk art market in the world, and its success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art, the first U.S. city named to UNESCO’s prestigious Creative Cities Network.

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