PERU: Old Crafts in New Hands

All U.S. good-neighborly schemes are not tainted with boondoggling. One such scheme clicked smartly last week: the Peruvian Government was so pleased with the Inter-American Development Commission's job in creating a local crafts industry that it took over the project, lock, stock & barrel. What's more, it would undertake to repay development costs.

A lank, soft-spoken Californian named Truman Bailey could take the commission's bows. Back in 1942 he had found that the only decent Peruvian artifacts were buried in museums. Most stores sold shoddy, cast silverware and tritely patterned blankets. Bailey,...

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