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
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.
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.
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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
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
TEA SETS & TEA POTS
Shop our Tea
Sets - from Japan, China, and Vietnam that match our
other Japanese Tableware perfectly. Dozens of varieties of Tea
are also available.