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Leogane Artisan

Leogane

Project Date:  2010-2011

Just west of Port-au-Prince is the city of Leogane, where veins of soapstone fill the river with boulders ready for carving. The soapstone is gathered from the river and carted down a winding path on the backs or heads of stone carvers to the workshops below. This community of stone carvers flourished in the 1950s and since then has made the town famous for their work. About 200 stone workers from several dozen families work in Leogane. Each worker has his own designs, but all use the same simple hand tools to carve, smooth and polish their pieces. Leogane suffered severely in the January 2010 earthquake and continues to rely heavily on artisan production to support its community.

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