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 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.
FIMO CLAY SCULPTURES
Shop our Fimo
Sculpture - These beautiful and
artistic animals are created with fimo clay. Many different colors of fimo clay
are used in each design. Colored canes of clay are used to create an
illustration. The central design is repeatedly stretched and cut as other
designs are added. Just as in nature simplicity is replicated over and over
until the finished organism becomes quite complex. The composite image is
finally reduced by stretching to the size of a small coin and then cut and
applied much like mosaic tiles to the animals form. Each and every stage of the
process is done by hand. Because each piece is hand made no two pieces are
exactly a like.
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JAPANESE PUZZLE BOXES
Shop our Secret Puzzle Boxes - Our puzzle boxes
are each individually handcrafted in the city of Hakone, Japan and imported by
us directly from the artists offering the best quality and pricing available.
The skills have been passed down through the generations since the Edo Period.
Shop our Chinese
Fans - The Chinese elevated the common
fan to an art form. We know that
leaves and bird feathers were used as early fans but China gets credit for being
the first place where fans were manufactured.
GOLDEN POND COLLECTION
See our Golden
Pond Collection - Adorable reptile
figures from the Golden Pond Collection by Green Tree. These products originated
in Dehua ... one of the finest ceramic capitals of Asia with over 3000 years of
ceramic history and culture. A process of 8 working procedures all fired at
different temperatures is how the hand painted finish is achieved on these
wonderful collectible pieces. Our assortment includes Frogs, Lizards, and