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Crafting Women’s Futures: Hannah’s Leather & Craft, Guyana

Posted by Karen James Cody on

 

Marsha, founder of Hannah’s Leather & Craft in Georgetown, Guyana - South America

This small leather workshop run by Marsha and her small coterie of Muslim women and girls in Georgetown Guyana has since 2000 trained girls in the intricate arts of leather curing, dying, stamping, sewing, fabrication, and design.

All Hannah leathers are a byproduct of food production - utilizing skins that used to be thrown away.

Marsha is the lead designer. She learned the craft herself through a 7-year apprenticeship with a master leather worker. She has since trained a score of girls in a craft that today supports them and their children, in an economy where women with little formal education have few options. Today their work has begun to be exported, representing some of the best craft work that Guyana has to offer.

 ANY HANNAH’S BAG IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER. CUSTOM ORDER ALSO HAPPILY ACCEPTED.

 

 

 


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