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 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.
HUICHOL YARN ART
View our Yarn Art from Mexico - Nestled in the
Sierra de Nayarit, just north of Guadalajara, Mexico, you will find
approximately 12,000 Huichol (Wee-Chol) Indians, a tribe believed to descend
from the Aztec Indians. This area
of Mexico is remote and rugged, and home to one of the last tribes to exist
under the Spanish rule. The Huichol
Indians still follow pagan beliefs, consider deer a sacred animal, grow corn,
which is thought to be the source of all life, and use a form of communication
called peyote. Because of this, the
core of the Huichol Indians consist of deer, corn, and peyote.
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THAI SILK SCARVES
Shop our Silk Scarves & Shawls - Because
Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation to have never been ruled by a
European power, silk production is much more traditional.
Additionally, Thai silk is considered exceptionally durable and high
quality. This quality silk is
washed, and then dyed carefully to produce stunning and memorable colors.
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.
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.