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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Marketplace Opens Today

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Today is the first day of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, happening outdoors on the National Mall now through Sunday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 2, through Sunday, July 6. And to complement this year's programs featuring China and Kenya, the Folklife Festival's Marketplace is stocked with truly global gifts.

Find paper-cuttings for $13, Kenyan animal sculptures for $18, batiks from $10 to $48, and delicate hand-made Miao embroidery from $400 to $9,000. A limited quantity of beautiful handmade kites from kite master Ha Yiqi will also be available for $20 to $40. All proceeds from purchases at the Marketplace will directly support Festival artists and musicians and the Festival itself.

The Marketplace is located in front of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. During the Festival, it will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, except on July 6, when it will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click through for photos of some of the marketplace's items.

· Smithsonian Folklife Festival [Official Site]