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.
CHINESE SCROLL PAINTINGS
See our Scroll
Paintings - The art of the Chinese scroll
painting dates back at least 4,000 years. This
art form is considered by many people as the highpoint aesthetically speaking
during the cultural history of China civilization.
The Chinese use special brushes and inks to create calligraphy, which are
the same tools used for the scrolls.
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.
INSIDE PAINTED SNUFF BOTTLES
Shop for Snuff Bottles - Both
Chinese snuff bottles, as well as the tobacco powder contained by the Chinese
snuff bottles were at the very core of a fashion whose popularity had never
before been experienced in China’s extensive history.
Due to it’s exceptional versatility of style, technique and material,
all in one small object, as well as the fine craftsmanship, these tiny
masterpieces quickly became one of the most notable representations of the use
of artistic skill throughout the Qing Dynasty.
OAXACAN WOOD CARVINGS
Shop our Oaxacan
Wood Carvings - Each of our wood
carvings are hand carved and painted by artists in small villages in the state
of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico. They are creative and wonderfully painted figures
in bright fun colors. Each carving is an original piece of art.