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
LATIN TEXTILE ART
Shop our Wall Hangings from Peru and Mexico - You
will also find tapestries depicting things such as flowers, birds, butterflies,
and many other Andean cultural aspects. All
of the sheep wool is handspun, and then naturally dyed with native vegetable,
mineral, and animal dye.
TAGUA CARVINGS FROM PANAMA
Shop our Tagua
Carvings - Imported directly
from the Native Indian Artists that created these little masterpieces. Choose
from Animals, Fish, Birds, and Reptiles - all native to the country of Panama
that the carvings come from. The
tagua nut has a strong resemblance to animal ivory, making it a wonderful
resource for creating all types of beautiful things.
For many years, the tagua nut was used primarily for making buttons but
with new technology and more affordable materials such as plastics, a decline
began. Even so, the tagua nut still
has value in the making of other things to include chess set pieces, jewelry,
handles for canes, dice, figurines, etc.
KUNA MOLA FROM PANAMA
Shop our Kuna
Molas - Mola Art, also called Kuna Mola, is an amazing creation by the women of the
Kuna or Cuna tribe from Central America. Living
directly on the San Blas Islands of Panama, these women create some of the most
gorgeous pieces of art imaginable. Using
a special appliqué process called “reverse appliqué” the women take
numerous layers of cloth, each of varying color.
These layers are then stitched together loosely while the top layers are
fine-tipped cut with special scissors. The
cut edges are then folded back at which time they are stitched to the bottom
JAPANESE SAKE SETS
Shop Our Sake Sets - Choose from our wide variety of hand crafted designs imported
from Japan. Matching Sushi Sets and bowls also available.
View our Batik
Tapestries - Batik is an ancient art that
reached its peak of development on the Indonesian island of Java.
Dutch traders were so impressed by this craft that in 1835, they brought
Batik artists back to Holland with them when they returned from trading trips.