Travel Around the World...from Home
Well, life has changed. I now have two kids under three, and travel just isn't in the cards. I often dream of trips to India (gorgeous detail of the Taj Mahal), Bali (crystal clear blue water, anyone?) and Thailand (brilliant, colorful flowers).
The company NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, has found a way to bring the artisans and their story to you. They offer artisans around the world a chance to make a sustainable business by engaging in their craft and traditions. From traditional mask carving in West Africa to hand-beaded bags in Brazil, the items available are a work of art.
NOVICA offers their artisans fair prices, no binding contracts, and a free platform to sell their wares to a global marketplace. Each item is sold with an artist's profile, and learning about century-long traditions is a gift in itself.
I recently purchased the Island Fantasy pendant necklace- a breathtaking amazonite stone set in 22k gold plated sterling silver. The story of this piece from India is just as beautiful as the necklace itself.
The jewelery making tradition has been handed down in the artist Bhavesh's family for many generations. He had been observing gems and their faceted colors since birth, saying "...I think it was in my blood."
Each piece comes with an embossed booklet that describes the piece as well as gives a brief quote from the artist.