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Here you will find other treasures we find dear.
  • "FLOWERING TREE" HAND-PAINTED HAITIAN SILK SCARF

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    This hand-painted Habotai silk scarf depicts a flowering tree of life. The piece measures 35"x35". This scarf can be worn as an accessory or framed and hung on a wall.

    Little known fact: Arielle, our Kojima assistant, has worked for an arts collective in Matènwa, Haiti for the past six years! She travels to Haiti several times a year to work side-by-side with these incredible artists. The forty-three "Atis Fanm," or Women Artists, specialize in traditional and non-traditional forms of artwork, including embroidery, scarf painting, printing, painting, and scratchboard. All artwork is by by hand in rural conditions so no two are exactly alike and many pieces exhibit handmade imperfections.

    Each scarf, made of white, hemmed 100% silk, is stretched tight on a frame and laid over an original pattern. The entire pattern is hand-copied onto the translucent silk in light pencil then retraced with a clear, washable liquid resist and laid in the sun to dry. Once dry, silk paint is carefully brushed between the lines of resist (this is where mistakes can easily get made from a slipped brush to a landing chicken.) The colors are heat-set by hand with charcoal-filled irons, then the resist is washed away to reveal a white, un-dyed line between each color. Each scarf takes an artist 2 days from start to finish. The designs are drawn from daily life, traditional spiritual symbols, and flora and fauna.

    ID#AFM020/KDJ520

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  • "GREEN BIRDS FLOCK" HAITIAN EMBROIDERY

    $54.00

    This piece is a hand embroidered frame-able wall piece depicting a flock of tropical birds above a mountainscape. The piece measures 8"x10".

    Little known fact: Arielle, our Kojima assistant, has worked for an arts collective in Matènwa, Haiti for the past six years! She travels to Haiti several times a year to work side-by-side with these incredible artists. The forty-three "Atis Fanm," or Women Artists, specialize in traditional and non-traditional forms of artwork, including embroidery, scarf painting, printing, painting, and scratchboard. All artwork is by by hand in rural conditions so no two are exactly alike and many pieces exhibit handmade imperfections.

    When, decades back, the manufacture of cheap clothing took over Haitian industry, women as well as men worked the factories. There many learned to hand-embroider details and embellishments on fabric and passed the skill down to their daughters. The Atis Fanm took those basic skills used once to decorate simple hems and expanded them into bold, picturesque images of everyday life.  The artists embroider pillow shams and bright handbags as well as frame-able art.

    ID#AFM03/KDJ360
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  • "NOAH'S ARK" HAND-PAINTED HAITIAN SILK SCARF

    $81.00

    This hand-painted Habotai silk scarf depicts Noah and his ark. The piece measures 35"x35". This scarf can be worn as an accessory or framed and hung on a wall.

    Little known fact: Arielle, our Kojima assistant, has worked for an arts collective in Matènwa, Haiti for the past six years! She travels to Haiti several times a year to work side-by-side with these incredible artists. The forty-three "Atis Fanm," or Women Artists, specialize in traditional and non-traditional forms of artwork, including embroidery, scarf painting, printing, painting, and scratchboard. All artwork is by by hand in rural conditions so no two are exactly alike and many pieces exhibit handmade imperfections.

    Each scarf, made of white, hemmed 100% silk, is stretched tight on a frame and laid over an original pattern. The entire pattern is hand-copied onto the translucent silk in light pencil then retraced with a clear, washable liquid resist and laid in the sun to dry. Once dry, silk paint is carefully brushed between the lines of resist (this is where mistakes can easily get made from a slipped brush to a landing chicken.) The colors are heat-set by hand with charcoal-filled irons, then the resist is washed away to reveal a white, un-dyed line between each color. Each scarf takes an artist 2 days from start to finish. The designs are drawn from daily life, traditional spiritual symbols, and flora and fauna.

    ID#AFM019/KDJ520

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  • "PEACOCK" HAND-PAINTED HAITIAN SILK SCARF

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    This hand-painted Habotai silk scarf depicts a preening peacock. The piece measures 35"x35". This scarf can be worn as an accessory or framed and hung on a wall.

    Little known fact: Arielle, our Kojima assistant, has worked for an arts collective in Matènwa, Haiti for the past six years! She travels to Haiti several times a year to work side-by-side with these incredible artists. The forty-three "Atis Fanm," or Women Artists, specialize in traditional and non-traditional forms of artwork, including embroidery, scarf painting, printing, painting, and scratchboard. All artwork is by by hand in rural conditions so no two are exactly alike and many pieces exhibit handmade imperfections.

    Each scarf, made of white, hemmed 100% silk, is stretched tight on a frame and laid over an original pattern. The entire pattern is hand-copied onto the translucent silk in light pencil then retraced with a clear, washable liquid resist and laid in the sun to dry. Once dry, silk paint is carefully brushed between the lines of resist (this is where mistakes can easily get made from a slipped brush to a landing chicken.) The colors are heat-set by hand with charcoal-filled irons, then the resist is washed away to reveal a white, un-dyed line between each color. Each scarf takes an artist 2 days from start to finish. The designs are drawn from daily life, traditional spiritual symbols, and flora and fauna.

    ID#AFM021/KDJ520

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  • "WOMAN GARDENING" HAITIAN EMBROIDERY

    $54.00

    This piece is a hand embroidered frame-able wall piece depicting a woman harvesting in her vegetable garden. The piece measures 8"x10".

    Little known fact: Arielle, our Kojima assistant, has worked for an arts collective in Matènwa, Haiti for the past six years! She travels to Haiti several times a year to work side-by-side with these incredible artists. The forty-three "Atis Fanm," or Women Artists, specialize in traditional and non-traditional forms of artwork, including embroidery, scarf painting, printing, painting, and scratchboard. All artwork is by by hand in rural conditions so no two are exactly alike and many pieces exhibit handmade imperfections.

    When, decades back, the manufacture of cheap clothing took over Haitian industry, women as well as men worked the factories. There many learned to hand-embroider details and embellishments on fabric and passed the skill down to their daughters. The Atis Fanm took those basic skills used once to decorate simple hems and expanded them into bold, picturesque images of everyday life.  The artists embroider pillow shams and bright handbags as well as frame-able art.

    ID#AFM08/KDJ360
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  • FLOWERED PURSE HANDMADE HAITIAN EMBROIDERY

    FLOWERED PURSE HANDMADE HAITIAN EMBROIDERY

    $36.00

    This piece is a hand embroidered flower purse. The piece measures 6.5"x5.5" and is lined with a recycled silk scarf.
    Little known fact: Arielle, our Kojima assistant, has worked for an arts collective in Matènwa, Haiti for the past six years! She travels to Haiti several times a year to work side-by-side with these incredible artists. The forty-three "Atis Fanm," or Women Artists, specialize in traditional and non-traditional forms of artwork, including embroidery, scarf painting, printing, painting, and scratchboard. All artwork is by by hand in rural conditions so no two are exactly alike and many pieces exhibit handmade imperfections.
    When, decades back, the manufacture of cheap clothing took over Haitian industry, women as well as men worked the factories. There many learned to hand-embroider details and embellishments on fabric and passed the skill down to their daughters. The Atis Fanm took those basic skills used once to decorate simple hems and expanded them into bold, picturesque images of everyday life.  The artists embroider pillow shams and bright handbags as well as frame-able art.
    ID#AFM024/KDJ200
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  • VINTAGE JAPAN AKOYA CUFF LINKS

    VINTAGE JAPAN AKOYA CUFF LINKS

    $135.00

    These are vintage cufflinks from our family vault! The Japan Akoya natural color golden green pearls are set in rhodium-plated silver cufflinks. The pearls measure 7mm with fine luster and some natural dimpling. For a pearl enthusiast! ID#KDC03/KDJ400/PP320

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  • VINTAGE JAPAN AKOYA HAIR PIN

    VINTAGE JAPAN AKOYA HAIR PIN

    $207.00

    This vintage hair pin features baby white Japan Akoya pearls set in sculpted silver leaves and vines. The six 4.2mm pearls are fine quality. The decorative portion of this pin is 2" x .75". The pin extension is on a hinge. ID#KDHP1/KDJ800

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