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The Comite Artisanal Haitien: Local Crafts and International Marketing

Contemporary crafts production in Haiti is rooted in the society that emerged after a successful struggle against slavery and colonialism. When Haiti became independent in 1804, more than half its population was African born. Shunning the plantations that had enslaved them to produce crops exclusively for export, these Africans joined other people of color to create a different economy, one based on traditional village production for self-sufficiency and sale in local markets.

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