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 Vietnamese water puppet, carved from fig wood and gleaming with fifteen coats of paint, lacquer, and silver and gold leaf (available from oversees a table set with recycled sea glass plates and bowls ( and crackled celadon stoneware from Thailand ( Sitting on an elegant tablecloth block-printed in Bangladesh (, sterling silver and bamboo place settings made by Marilou Quiroz of the Philippines, and a wooden sake set made of Hinoki wood from the Nagano region of Japan (both available from complete this Asian-inspired table.
Photgraphy By Joe Coca