Category Archives: Asia

Kashmiri Nativity

This six-piece Kashmiri nativity is intricately hand painted in traditional Rajastani style on soapstone resin figures. Characteristic are the accents with metallic gold paint details. This nativity is created by members of Asha Handicrafts.

Asha Handicrafts is committed to preserving India’s diverse craft traditions. They ensure a fair wage for those who craft their remarkable handiwork. Any profits are directly channeled into tailor-made projects that meet the needs of artisans and their community.

A leading fair trade organization since 1975, Asha Handicrafts was begun with the mandate to “trade, train, and transform.” Even its name (asha means “hope” in Sanskrit) inspires a new, hopeful model for doing business. In addition to providing needed income through the sales, marketing, and export of handcrafted products, Asha is committed to the overall well-being of artisans.

Thai Celadon Nativity

This exquisite nativity was crafted in the Celadon Ceramic Studios run by Duangkamol Srisukri whose father started the studios. Setting this nativity apart is the Celadon technique as well as the traditional Thai setting featuring Thai garb, the Thai angel known as a deva and the water buffalo.

Celadon is the name given by Europeans to a very specific type of ceramic that was originally developed some 2000 years ago in the Zhejiang province of China. Celadon ceramic is characterized by a specific type of glaze as well as by its jade green color.  Today, Celadon is produced in many different Asian countries, including Thailand.