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 Novica.com) welcome aficionados and would-be chess players alike. A metal wall hanging of trumpeting angels made by Haitian artists from oil drums (tenthousandvillages.com) adorns the wall, while handblown glass balls from the Mexican village of Tonala (eZiba.com) catch sun in the window. A hand-felted wool rug from Turkmenistan and a handwoven ikat blanket from Thailand (both from womankind.com) complete this comfortable corner.
Photgraphy By Joe Coca