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 handwoven, hand-dyed silk ikat duvet cover and ­pillows from Laos (womankind.com) and silk brocade ­cushion covers made in Varanasi, India, (Novica.com) adorn this romantic bedroom. The lamp, hand-painted by Brazilian artist Ana Maia, is available from Worldwide Import/Export (wwiec.com).
Photgraphy By Joe Coca