S E Q U I N N E D
pillows and rich silk brocade textiles made from antique Indian wedding saris.
Kente cloth pillows
: These beautiful pillows are made from vintage kente cloth
from the Asante and Ewe people of Ghana, with
cotton backs. Each pillow is one of a kind.
Kuba cloth pillows
: Our one-of-a-kind Kuba pillows use the bold tribal geometries and rich textures of vintage hand-woven raffia cloth from the Kuba people of the Congo. We use both appliqued and tie-dyed flat weave fabric as well as the lush cut-pile Shoowa velvet
: Our Mud-Cloth pillows
use both the classic black and white bogolanfini
mud-cloth and the ochre-red dyed bogolanfini rouge
kola cloth, from the Dogon
peoples of Mali
. Both our Mud-cloth and Kuba cloth pillows were featured in Sharne Algotsson's book African Style: Down to the Details
: indigo tie-dyes
from Mali and Nigeria, kente cloth
from the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana, raffia Kuba cloth
from the Congo and Fon appliques
Hand-block printed table linens, spreads and pillows from India vegetable-dyed in spice, sangria and heather.
Village-woven kilims and pillows from Turkey, Afghanistan and the Caucasus.
Antique tansu chests from Japan, painted wall shelves from Morocco, carved mirrors from Indonesia, chairs and stools from China, boxes from India and trastero cupboards from Mexico.
Gorgeous Samburu beaded baskets and containers handmade by the Samburu women in northern Kenya, through A Fair Trade project.
Talavera pottery from Puebla, Guanajuato and Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. Named for the village called Talavera de la Reina, where this tradition was born, this pottery was introduced to Mexico in the 16th century by the Spanish who settled in the Puebla region of Mexico. The bold and rich style was inspired by motifs and shapes from the Mediterranean and North Africa. Each piece is handformed and handpainted by refined artisans and master painters. Note: Available in our Philadephia gallery only.
Recycled tin toys and implements from Africa, Asia and the Americas:
- In Senegal, Mali, Kenya and other countries in Africa, resourceful children have long excelled at fashioning toys from the available materials - tin cans, wire and scrap rubber and plastic that we would discard as trash. In addition to brightly colored trucks made from beer cans and wire bicycles, Indigo offers buckets constructed of tomato cans, lunch-boxes and suitcases from tuna cans (lined with Senegalese funny papers!) and even a working FM radio made from wire and Coca-Cola cans! Click here to see more toys and implements from recycled tin.
- Our most recent find has been a collection of toy airplanes, motorycles and even picture frames meticulously crafted of aluminum beer cans in Vietnam. Click here to see more of our Vietnamese aluminum toys.
- Telephone-Wire Baskets. Baskets woven out of multi-colored telephone wire by people in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Click here to see more of these amazing baskets!
- Glass Bangle Picture-frames and Boxes Sturdy boxes and picture-frames covered by a mosaic of pieces of traditional Indian glass bangles.
Beaded dolls from the Ndebele and other peoples in South Africa. Traditionally these dolls are made by Ndebele, Zulu and other southern African women to encourage fertility and to instruct girls at time of their initiation into womanhood.
We are particularly excited about our most recent discovery - a collection of original contemporary beaded dolls made by women in the townships near Capetown, South Africa. Click here to see these charming dolls!
Tree-bark dolls from the Tikuna Indians of the Colombian Amazon Basin. They are made from a rainforest treebark cloth called yanchama.
Puppets from India and Indonesia. Our collection includes Rajastani Hand Puppets from India and, antique Javanese Wayang Golek stick and rod puppets and leather Wayang Kulit shadow puppets from Indonesia.
To see more of the recent additions to the site click on the Feature of the Week.
Most of the pieces shown on our site are available for purchase (Click on the image or caption and you will find price and other information on the blow-up). To order items you find on our site, or to see photographs of these and more works, please click the Contact/Visit Us icon above, email us directly at email@example.com or call our toll-free phone number at 1-888-INDIART. We generally ship by UPS or US Postal Service. Because shipping/handling costs are seldom less than $6, we don't recommend orders of less than $30.
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We have added a chronological listing of our new postings to the site, in all categories -- paintings, sculpture, masks, baskets, housewares etc., as we add them.