We have received a lot of new items, some of which are holiday items!
If you are thinking about starting an early holiday shopping, or even just to get some holiday gift ideas, please come check out our new items!!
A gradation of circles in burgundy, gold and tan. Center Circle Bracelets from Nepal are comfortable in hand-crocheted cotton.
Olive branch dove handcrafted in India shares a wish for peace. All cards produced by the artisan group Silence are both screen-printed and hand-painted. The outline border and some impressions are screen-printed, whereas finishing and remaining impressions are hand-painted. Silence continues with hand painting of some impressions because this not only increases artisan income, but helps to maintain their cultural heritage.
Soft wool felt, cute and cozy phone cases came in from Nepal! Felt refers to non-woven fabric formed when wool fibers lock together under heat, moisture and pressure. At ACP (Nepal’s Association for Craft Producers), some 60 women produce felt – all by hand, using hot water, soap and the pressure of their hands to bond the fibers. ACP has been at the forefront of reviving this traditional skill in Nepal. Felt making is an important folk tradition in Nepal, where people living in the mountainous regions traditionally made felt carpets.
Red-dressed reindeer are ready for the season! They are created by artisans of Chuma Wires workshop, based in the Dandora area of Nairobi, Kenya and the workshop provides valuable work for artisans who have few other opportunities for employment in this marginal section of Kenya’s sprawling capital.
A tiny nativity set from Colombia is carved from Tagua nuts. Each figure is produced from an individual nut, with carved Tagua pieces adding details. This nativity wonderfully displays the unique attributes of the Tagua nut, including the contrast between the dark outer skin and the milky white interior.
Also known as “vegetable ivory,” Tagua is produced by a palm-like tree in South America. The nuts fall to the ground when mature, thus harvesting does not damage the trees. Tagua nut’s grain is close and very hard, resembling the finest ivory. Artisans carve each nut individually into the desired form. Cultural tradition and forest preservation combine in the use of this renewable resource.
Lively angel is handcrafted from “spinning disks” of coiled recycled newsprint in variegated color. This product was handcrafted by artisans of the Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative in Baguio City, the Philippines. The women turn old newsprint into beautiful products by wrapping the paper into coils to make spiraled building blocks. These are joined with thread and glue, and starched for durability and finish.
A lot more items are waiting for you in the store!!