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
JAPANESE BENTO BOXES
View our Bento
Boxes - Just as you can order take-out in
the United States, in Japan, you can take out food for lunch or dinner called
Bento. The bento is stored and sold
in boxes, thus the name, Bento Box. This
take away style is very popular and can be found just about anywhere – in
train stations, convenience stores, theaters, shopping areas, vending machines,
and so on. For instance, if you
were to buy a ticket to take a bullet train, you can either buy Bento boxes to
take with you on the train or relax and wait for a vendor to come to you.
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.
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MAMMOTH IVORY NETSUKE
Shop our Selection of Netsuke - Our Mammoth Ivory comes exclusively from Hong Kong. Being
under British rule for 99 years Hong Kong has the strictest regulations of any
Asian nation. The Mammoth ivory used in our carvings is imported into Hong Kong
from Russia where it is currently being excavated. Cites certificates were
issued both in Russia as raw material and then in Hong Kong as the finished
carved product which certifies that it is Mammoth ivory.
HUICHOL BEAD ART
Shop our Bead Art - Huichol Bead Art The Huichol
Indians have used art figures and other decorative pieces as offerings to the
Gods for centuries. The Indians work their spiritual symbols and designs into
each piece. This hand carved wood jaguar head was first covered with a layer of
beeswax then using a long needle one small bead at a time is pressed into the
wax creating this vibrant work of art.
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.