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Cultural Cocoon to open in Peterborough on Friday

  • Françoise Bourdon runs the Cultural Cocoon. Courtesy Photo

  • Cultural Cocoon manager Françoise Bourdon holds Phoenician glass from Palestine in the store while setting up for of Friday's opening on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO BY TIM GOODWIN

  • A glass case of Phoenician glass at Cultural Cocoon. TIM GOODWIN / Ledger Transcript staff—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 6:4PM

Back in July, Joseph’s Coat, the Mariposa Museum and Cultural Survival Bazaar collaborated on a two-day market that brought artisans and their creations to Peterborough.

The venture was successful and it began a conversation that included the idea of having a space for those artisans to showcase and sell their work year-round. That idea is becoming a reality with the opening of Cultural Cocoon on Friday.

The new nonprofit will operate a storefront at 32 Main St. that will include work from artisans hailing from locations around the world like Kazakhstan, Nepal, Madagascar, Peru, Mexico and Uzbekistan. There will be silk rugs, textiles, jewelry, pottery, baskets, home decor and more. The plan is to have items rotate in from the dozen or so artisans, so the inventory in the store will change often, said Françoise Bourdon, manager of the new store.

“It’s a place for the artisans to sell their crafts between markets,” Bourdon said.

It’s a place to shop for the kind of items not found on just any store shelf, and Bourdon said she hopes people will take their time and appreciate the craftsmanship.

“It’s a place for people to spend a little time in, slow shopping you might say,” she said. “More of an international shopping experience.”

The location has four rooms – which will be separated by regions of the world – so it will be like a little tour of crafts from around the globe.

Friday’s opening will consist of a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. After the opening, the store will be open weekly, Thursday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Bourdon couldn’t think of a better location, just a few doors down from the Mariposa.

“It’s a reason for doing it here,” she said.

To learn more, contact Bourdon at 784-5585.