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About Our Products

How they are made and How to care for them


  About our Sushi and Sake Sets
  About our Tea Sets and Cups
  About our Puzzle Boxes
  About our Huichol Bead Art
  About our Huichol Yarn Art
  About our Mexican Blankets
  About our Cinnabar Lacquer
  About our Cloisonne Enamel
  About our Chinese Fans
  About our Gold Leaf Lacquer
  About our Jingdezhen Porcelain
  About our Korean Celadon
  About our Kuna Mola
  About our Silk Lanterns
  About our Lotus Shoes
  About our Mammoth Ivory
  About our Netsuke, Inro, Ojime
  About our Reverse Painting
  About our Scroll Paintings
  About our Tagua Carvings
  About our Wounaan Baskets
  About our Tetsubin Teapots
  About our Yixing Teapots
  About our Arpilleras Tapestry
  About our San Pedro Weaving
  About our Oaxacan Wood Carvings
  About our Gemstone Carvings & Jewelry
  About our Mala Prayer Beads
  
  
  

Our Goals, Products, and Prices

Our goal is to bring our customers the best Arts & Crafts from around the world. We are constantly searching for new and unique handcrafted items to add to our selection of products. The volume at which we are able to purchase and the fact that we buy as close to the source as possible generally results in considerably lower prices than you will find elsewhere. Our prices are usually about half of what you would pay in a retail store. You may find a similar item available at a lower price on another website, but we have found that this is generally because it is of a lesser quality or the shipping rate is inflated to make up the difference. If you find a lower price on an identical item, let us know and we will do our best to match it.

Fair Trade - Fair Prices

Over the years, we have developed and maintained very strong relationships with the artists and workshops that create our products. They know that we expect only the best for our customers and they know that they will receive a fair price for their work. Because of this, we are able to buy their best work while other businesses are left choosing from the leftovers. We believe that if it is not a fair trade for everyone, it is not a fair trade.

We also work with various Fair Trade vendors and Cooperatives around the world to acquire items in areas that we are unable to visit personally. This ensures that the artists are paid and treated fairly.

Currency is a very powerful tool when traveling the world and purchasing artwork from native people with little experience in dealing with the world of business. It is very easy for someone to buy handcrafted artwork from a person in need of money, at a fraction of what it is worth and unfortunately, people do it all the time. We would never consider using our purchasing power to take advantage of these situations, even if it means higher prices or less  profits. 

Our policy is Fair Trade - Fair Prices.


Preserving Wildlife

We are licensed by the US Fish and Wildlife Department to import and export products made from natural materials. We do not deal in products made from endangered species. Every shipment is inspected to ensure that the material used is from a renewable source that does not damage the environment or threaten the long-term survival of any species of animal or plant.

Many of our products are inspected by International Wildlife inspectors prior to shipment to us and again by the US Customs Service and US Fish & Wildlife upon arrival. We then conduct additional inspections to make sure nothing slipped through that may be illegal or jeopardize wildlife or habitat.

There are species within most types of animals and plants that are endangered. Certain types of wood, coral, and animals just to name a few. Some of the products we carry may contain materials, such as coral, that are strictly controlled by both species and the area in which they are sourced. These products are purchased only from reputable companies that are regulated and inspected to make sure that they are from a source that will not damage the habitat or endanger the species.


Sweatshops and Child Labor

Asian Art Mall will not do business with companies that produce their products in a sweatshop type of environment or utilize any type of forced or unwilling, leveraged labor. Some of our products are produced in factory-like facilities, but they have been verified as providing good working conditions and employing only paid adult workers that choose freely to be there. Many have been inspected in person by us and our agents to speak with the workers. Our observation is that they not only enjoy their work, but they take great pride in what they do, which is reflected in the beautiful artwork that we sell.

Many of the products that we offer are made in the homes of the artists that create them or utilize small workshops located in their villages. The techniques are passed down through the generations from father to son and mother to daughter. It is not unusual for a child to begin learning the family trade or craft at a young age, and as they develop their skills, to actually participate in making the crafts. Just as a mother in America teaches her daughter to sew and knit as a young girl, many of the ethnic groups that we buy from do the same. These products are made in the home with the parents teaching them, not in a factory using child labor.


Sushi & Sake Set for Two
Sushi & Sake Sets
White Rabbits / Brown Rabbits
Chinese Snuff Bottles
Netsuke, Inro, Ojime
Gold Leaf Painted ~ 10 Inch Turnip Vase
Gold Leaf Lacquer
Pair of 10 Inch Closionne Vases
Cloisonne

 

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