Craft Fair clothes show a touch of the artisan


Fashion and jewelry with a hand-made touch will be on sale at the American Crafts Council (ACC) Craft Fair, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall. Admission to the Craft Fair is $5, with kids under 12 admitted free.

The 15th annual fair, one of the largest in the country, will &L; showcase close to 200 fashion and jewelry designers from 49 states. Clothing and jewelry will be informally modeled throughout the three days and also sold directly from vendor booths at retail prices.

Carol Sedestrom Ross, president of American Craft Enterprises, says a growing interest in unique fashion and jewelry has changed the nature of the craft fair. For instance, wearable art was created only after artisans found that hangings and rugs were not selling well.

"In the 1970s, I think that handmade clothing had a definite impact on the whole fashion market," says Ross. "Earth tones and the soft color range came out of the craft community, but after two years, everyone forgot about that. Then, weavers and dyers were accused by the craft community of using fashion colors. They got caught in the backlash of the fashion world when they were accused of just copying what was going on."

For more information about the craft fair, call 962-1122.

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