UNUSUAL, HANDMADE, BEAUTIFUL, SUSTAINABLE.
A COLLECTION SPANNING 2 DECADES,
25 COUNTRIES & OVER 50 TRIBAL CULTURES
374 Oxford Street
New Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Easter Opening Hours:
Friday 30th - Closed
Saturday 31st - Open
Sunday 1st - Closed
Monday 2nd - Closed
"THIS BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN BY PHOTOGRAPHER STEVEN CHEE FOR AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK IN 2009, IN COLLABORATION WITH ABSOLUT VODKA. OUR AFGHAN "WAISTCOAT", BASICALLY A VERY SIMPLE MIRROR-WORK EMBROIDERED DOUBLE BAND WITH COIN DECORATION AND METAL TASSELED ENDS, WAS USED TO CLOTHE THE UPPER BODY OF THE MODEL AND STRATEGICALLY HIDE HER NIPPLES. WAISTCOATS AND BELTS LIKE THESE ARE WORN BY KUTCHEE WOMEN ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS, ADDING FURTHER EMBELLISHMENT TO OFTEN HIGHLY DECORATED CLOTHING. COINS ARE A SYMBOL OF WEALTH AND STATUS, WHILE SMALL MIRRORS ARE TYPICALLY WORN TO REFLECT LIGHT AND FRIGHTEN OFF EVIL SPIRITS."
- LINDA HEAPHY
A great one for the kids, this little keyring has a beautifully decorated, hand beaded and mirrored book attached. Hand made paper. From left to right, choose your colour: black, green, blue, red, purple. Made in India.
Measurements: length of book 5 cm
A rare 13th Century primitive tribal granite stele relief carving of Shiva. A village piece from Gujarat, India.
Measurements: Height 29.5 cm x width 23 cm x depth 7 cm
A unique necklace crafted from graduated antique Tibetan turquoise and sterling silver. These beautiful natural stones range in colour from mid to dark blue-green and are antiques in their own right - the size and wear of the bead holes suggest an age in excess of 200 years. The most amazing turquoise we've ever found. Sourced in Nepal, hand crafted by Kashgar.
Measurements: Total length including clasp 45 cm
"IF THESE CUFFS LOOK FAMILIAR, IT'S BECAUSE YOU HAVE SEEN A VERY SIMILAR PAIR ON THE ARMS OF LUKE SKYWALKER'S AUNT BERU IN THE TATOOINE SCENES IN THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. THEY ARE ACTUALLY A PAIR OF BRONZE CUFFS, CALLED THADO KUKI, MADE AND WORN BY THE KONYAK NAGAS OF NAGALAND IN FAR NORTHEAST INDIA. CHARACTERISED BY THEIR REGULARLY SPACED PROJECTING POINTS AND CREATED BY THE LOST WAX METHOD OF CASTING, ORNAMENTS LIKE THESE DENOTED HIGH HEAD TAKING STATUS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, AND SINCE HEAD HUNTING IS NOW OUTLAWED, THEY ARE NO LONGER MADE AND ARE THEREFORE REGARDED AS VALUABLE ANCESTRAL OBJECTS."- LINDA HEAPHY