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Imagine...

... a 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 100 of these amazing Japanese puzzle boxes.

... a 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.

... a tiny basket, so tightly woven that they say it can hold water. Such are the baskets of the Wounaan Indians of Panama. 

... a 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

Imagine these items and thousands more, each with a story, waiting to be discovered.

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.

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.



CHINESE FANS

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 Alligators.

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