ARTS, CRAFTS, & MORE
Pittsburgh has several immigrant-owned businesses, many of which create items inspired by culture and tradition in the owners’ and creators’ home countries. While you can usually shop their items in person in Market Square, this year, we’ve created an online shopping experience for you! These stores have amazing art, jewelry, clothing, bags, and more. Take some time to shop around and buy local!
Art-Sana is a handmade jewelry and accessories brand created by Venezuelan artist Zaira Bauce. Her inspiration comes from nature and healing alternative arts. Find her creations and ask about products and pricing at instagram.com/artsanabyzaira or @artsanabyzaira.
Bright Kids Uganda
Bright Kids Uganda is a children’s home located in Entebbe, Uganda. Our mission is supported through sustainable agriculture projects, private donors, and the sale of handmade African crafts made by members of the BKU community. BKU has been honored to participate in World Refugee Day for the last 3 years and help celebrate the vibrant refugee and immigrant community in Pittsburgh. We will be back next year to sell our crafts! For more information, please visit our website at brightkidsuganda.org
Carmen is a talented painter from Venezuela who makes beautiful acrylic and watercolor paintings available for purchase on her Instagram page. While you’re staying at home, let Carmen’s art brighten up the walls of your home! Check out her products and pricing at instagram.com/mytho21 or @mytho21.
Learn more about the artist’s story.
The mission of Corona Leather is to create leather goods at the best of their ability, with care and respect, so you get the best possible product they can make, a product that will serve your needs for years to come. Corona Leather makes purses, bags, wallets, leather jewelry, and more! Visit their website and social media to see process and products!
Check out some amazing products from Costa RicArt! They make handmade goods from recycled materials, including keychains, wallet, journals, greeting cards, jewelry and more. They were also chosen as one of Kelly-Strayhorn Theater’s Futuremakers this year!
Learn more about the artist’s story.
Focha Store’s adventure as a local, women-owned business began two years ago after they moved to Pittsburgh from Europe. Women’s clothing was the family passion, so they started this journey after arriving in Pittsburgh. Focha Store gathers apparel and home accessories all together. Their Turkish towels, bathrobes, blankets and throws are very unique and bring the Mediterranean lifestyle to your home. Be sure to check out their website to see their range of products!
Hilos is a conscious lifestyle brand focused on promoting handcrafted artisan goods that leaves a lasting impact on local and global communities while empowering makers and consumers to live a life inspired by ethical fashion, adventure and genuine community connections. Check out their website to see hand-tooled leather bags from Mexico, hand-embroidered clothing, handwoven table runners, palm bags, pom poms and more!
Hippie's Urban Art
Hippie’s Urban Art is one of our talented vendors today. Please stop by their Instagram page to take a trip back to 1970s fashion with copper wire-wrapped jewelry, leather jewelry, and more! Inquire about purchases there or check out their new website!
Learn about the artist’s story here.
Kardelens Fiber Arts
Take some time to visit the Etsy shop and Instagram pages of Kardelens Fiber Arts. They are a women’s group from Turkey who make all types of fiber arts handmade goods such as embroidered necklaces, greeting cards, marbled fans, purses, and more! Ask them about their marbled fans to learn more about ebru, or Turkish water marbling!
Learn the story behind the fiber arts group.
Mina Aldoori is an artist from Iraq whose art pieces are inspired by her life experiences and the experiences of the people around her. Mina’s art consists of paintings, mixed media, jewelry and more! Make sure to check out her Etsy shop and Instagram page to see her latest work!
Learn a little bit about the artist here.
Combining vibrant beadwork with intricate string braiding, husband and wife duo Alex and Htwe of Phoza Handmade create unique pieces including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Newly arrived in Pittsburgh, they are excited and proud to share their jewelry at World Refugee Day 2020! Check out their items on Instagram @phozahandmade and contact them there directly to make a purchase.
Learn more about the artists here.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages, located in Squirrel Hill, is a fair trade retailer providing work with dignity to artisans in over 30 countries around the world. Visit their website to see colorful accessories, upcycled planters, and hand painted kitchenware. Long term trading relationships mean there are sustainable practices with good working conditions, kids go to school, and there is meaningful community investment. Your purchase makes a difference.
You Can Call Me Yoko
You Can Call Me Yoko is a family jewelry business. They are three sisters from Venezuela who were reunited in Pittsburgh in 2017 after 18 years living apart. They wanted to create something they love to wear, something from nature, jewelry with a meaning that can enhance everyone’s life through its beauty and the energy vibrations of Crystals and Gemstones. Check out their Etsy shop and Instagram page!
countries celebrating worldwide
Immigrant Entrepreneurs in PGH
refugees resettled over 10 years in PGH
years of Global World Refugee Day
Join the celebration!
Location: Facebook Event
Event Hours: 8am – 8pm
Thank you to the Leveler Foundation, Highmark/AHN, and UPMC for your Gold level sponsorship.
Thank you to the Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania for your Silver level sponsorship.
Thank you to Dollar Bank and Midnight Blue Technologies for your Bronze level sponsorship.
For more information about World Refugee Day or ways to get involved in supporting your local refugee and immigrant neighbors, contact us here.