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
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.
LATIN TEXTILE ART
Shop our Wall Hangings from Peru and Mexico - You
will also find tapestries depicting things such as flowers, birds, butterflies,
and many other Andean cultural aspects. All
of the sheep wool is handspun, and then naturally dyed with native vegetable,
mineral, and animal dye.
NAVAJO SAND PAINTINGS
Shop our Sand Paintings - These sand paintings are
done completely by hand. On the back of each piece is a card with the artists
name and written in the artists hand the name of the painting. The Navajo people
believe the universe to be delicately balanced. Only man can upset it causing
disaster or illness. When this happens a medicine man must restore the natural
balance. Balance is restored by healing the offender with chants herbs prayers
songs and sand paintings.
MAMMOTH IVORY NETSUKE
Shop our Selection of Netsuke - Our Mammoth Ivory comes exclusively from Hong Kong. Being
under British rule for 99 years Hong Kong has the strictest regulations of any
Asian nation. The Mammoth ivory used in our carvings is imported into Hong Kong
from Russia where it is currently being excavated. Cites certificates were
issued both in Russia as raw material and then in Hong Kong as the finished
carved product which certifies that it is Mammoth ivory.
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 Chinaís extensive history.
Due to itís 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.