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About Hetty Friedman:

Born in Brooklyn, Hetty fell in love with weaving at a Connecticut arts camp in 1966 and has never looked back. It has taken her through a degree in Visual Design (MFA), study and work in inventory control management (MBA), and a successful 30-year management career in the garment industry. Her newest project, Crafts for a Cause allows her to use her artistic skills and industry experience to contribute to communities near and far.

Crafts for a Cause combines Hetty’s love for hand-woven textiles and the Guatemalan Highlands. Utilizing her business savvy in a partnership with a Fair Trade weaver’s cooperative, she travels many times a year to Guatemala to teach Mayan back-strap weavers new techniques and to design product. She leads tours for weavers and other tourists interested in exploring Mayan life and culture.

Hetty Friedman Designs was founded in 2009. Hetty's designs are now sold in museums shops, women's boutiques, art events and from her Newton, MA studio. 

Hetty’s main inspirations are Joseph and Annie Albers- the Bauhaus artists, Guatemalan indigenous weavers,  Matisse and Picasso. She often hand paints her yarn, combining strong and unusual colors. Hetty weaves on a 36” 4 harness Le Clerc loom and an 8 harness Macomber loom which dominate the 3rd floor studio in her Newton, Massachusetts home.

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