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 folding chess table with detachable legs, carved out of kepelan wood by Balinese artist Ketut Sandi, and a collection of pillows screen-printed from potato print designs by Zimbabwean artist Freeborn Sigauke (both from welcome aficionados and would-be chess players alike. A metal wall hanging of trumpeting angels made by Haitian artists from oil drums ( adorns the wall, while handblown glass balls from the Mexican village of Tonala ( catch sun in the window. A hand-felted wool rug from Turkmenistan and a handwoven ikat blanket from Thailand (both from complete this comfortable corner.
Photgraphy By Joe Coca