Ethnic & Ethical: Shopping for world arts

Responsible shopping for world arts and crafts requires doing a little homework, but the benefits of buying handmade, environmentally friendly products and the stories of artisans whose lives have been changed are inspiring and powerful incentives.

A hand-painted ceramic vase and plate by El ­Salvadoran artist Marina Mena sits comfortably atop a pinewood credenza table made by Mexican artisan Daniel Lobo. The traditional leather and wood armchair by Rafael Gomez Salcedo and a sheep wool Zapotec rug made by the Ruiz Bazan family add an authentic taste of Old Mexico. (All items are available from
Photgraphy By Joe Coca