'12 Small Things' is a social business founded by Laurie Kanes that supports artisans in less-industrialized countries to provide them with a fair income for their goods.
An editor pick here is what is called on 'Vodou Flags,' which are also called Haiti's Ceremonial Banners. The lead image in the featured gallery displays one example, which is essentially a one-of-a-kind handmade tapestry made of beads and sequins sewn onto a satin square.
"The flags represent various spirits, or lwa, of Vodou, based on religious beliefs and practices slaves brought with them from West Africa," the 12 Small Things websites writes. "Vodou flags, exhibited in ceremonies, serve to call down particular spirits who help practitioners with their personal problems and aspirations. Because slaves were forbidden from practicing Vodou, they also adopted Catholic saints to represent the various spirits of love, water, twins, trees, crops, etc."
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