Maritere is a long-time educator and a lifelong maker who has been drawing, painting, sewing, and making since childhood. Maritere was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Massachusetts by her mom – an amazing, kind, and generous woman whose sewing prowess is incredible. The work Maritere does emerged from what she observed as a lack of diversity in educational sewing activities, specifically those highlighting the lives of women of color. She designed educational fabric for straightforward sew-your-own dolls. These fabrics feature her artistic renditions of influential BIPOC and AAPI women of color for one side and mini-biographies for the other. She wanted to help families and educators who are looking to incorporate more multicultural education into the world. Sewcial Studies spends a lot of time trying to surround kids with a physical space that nurtures them, both at home and in school.
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