For many people, leaving their home country to wonder out in to the big world to travel is a daunting prospect, but for Maro Baruk it offered him great opportunities to pursue his talent to the fullest. Moro Baruk was born in Egypt, he later moved to Italy to study design, he then immigrated to New York, and finally found home in Haiti in 1983.
Seeing the need for sustainable employment in the town of Jacmel, in Haiti, Moro opened a workshop to create handicrafts. Employing 25 craftspeople, Moro’s workshop creates bold wood and papier maché pieces that almost overshadow the friendliness of the designer. Moro’s faith, which led him to Haiti in the first place, plays a strong role in his fair and ethical business practices.
Jacmel is considered the artistic centre of Haiti, Moro Baruk with this wife Paule, has been living there for quite some time and has been employing native Haitian artists in turning out all sorts of beautiful arts and crafts. Moro Baruk, a quintessential designer of Jacmel and has demonstrated through the masks that his craftswomen have been turning out that there is no end to his creativity.
Moro Baruk is credited for having devised a design for Haiti’s artists that attract worldwide appeal whilst being completely practical at the same time. His face masks are not only useful to the hundreds of Haitians who celebrate during festivals but they are also alluring and exotic in showing Jacmel’s artistic edge.