box with no apparent way to open it, yet if you know the secret
– you can. One box might take 4 steps, another 54. Now imagine a
store with not a couple, a few, or even a dozen – but nearly
of these amazing Japanese
carved wooden jaguar head decorated with over 50,000 beads, each
individually placed, forming intricate patterns. An art form
perfected by the Huichol Indians of Mexico.
tiny basket, so tightly woven that they say it can hold water.
Such are the baskets of the Wounaan Indians of Panama.
sculpture that is half giraffe, half gazelle and just so happens
to be purple and orange. This is the whimsical work known as Alebrijes to the people of Oaxaca, Mexico.
... a gold
lacquer vase that took a master craftsman over a month to
complete. Or a jade sculpture that took 3 months. Or a tiny bottle
with a portrait painted on the inside
these items and thousands more, each with a story, waiting to be
TAGUA CARVINGS FROM ECUADOR
Shop our Carvings from Ecuador - Located
in the northwest portion of Ecuador, a unique venture began called the Tagua
Initiative was formed. This began
in 1990 by Conservation International as a means of creating economic incentives
associated with the tagua palm nut, trying to find a way for the harvests to be
sustained. Because of this
initiative, today we see almost 2,000 people belonging to the Comuna Rio
Santiago-Cayapas, holding down jobs. However,
these jobs depend on the rainforest being left unharmed, allowing the tagua nut
to continue growing.
GOLD LEAF LACQUER
Leaf Lacquer - is
one of the finest crafts produced in China. It involves a 20 step process that
converts normal objects of porcelain or wood into beautiful masterpieces. Each
piece is hand painted and gilded with gold leaf, then finished with over 10
coats of lacquer, a process that can take up to a month to complete.
NAVAJO SAND PAINTINGS
Shop our Sand Paintings - These sand paintings are
done completely by hand. On the back of each piece is a card with the artists
name and written in the artists hand the name of the painting. The Navajo people
believe the universe to be delicately balanced. Only man can upset it causing
disaster or illness. When this happens a medicine man must restore the natural
balance. Balance is restored by healing the offender with chants herbs prayers
songs and sand paintings.
THAI SILK SCARVES
Shop our Silk Scarves & Shawls - Because
Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation to have never been ruled by a
European power, silk production is much more traditional.
Additionally, Thai silk is considered exceptionally durable and high
quality. This quality silk is
washed, and then dyed carefully to produce stunning and memorable colors.
Shop for Jewelry
Boxes - Inside Painted and Silk boxes
from China, Gemstone boxes from India, Lacquer boxes from Vietnam, and much