Virtual Trunk Show: The Best Sellers

Virtual Trunk Show: The Best Sellers

July 14, 2020

Join us for our first Virtual Trunk Show, in which we showcase some of HoonArts' bestselling products and share some of the "backstory" behind them. Among the featured products are (1) the hand felted red poppy scarf from Seven Sisters of Kyrgyzstan,

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Chat with Changemakers: Cael Chappell, Baskets of Africa

Chat with Changemakers: Cael Chappell, Baskets of Africa

July 14, 2020

Join us for our chat with Cael Chappell, founder of fellow Fair Trade Federation member Baskets of Africa, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Cael has been the Fair Trade mentor for HoonArts from its earliest days.) Learn more about Cael's entrepreneurial journey from a 19-year-old working at an African art gallery to his leadership at Baskets of Africa, which now works with thousands of artisans in 17 African countries. Cael shares some of the challenges and joys he has experienced along the...

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Chat with Changemakers: Nancy Dunitz, Dunitz & Company

Chat with Changemakers: Nancy Dunitz, Dunitz & Company

July 09, 2020

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Handmade Felt Ornaments from Kyrgyzstan: Unboxed

June 03, 2020

Join HoonArts Founder Rikki Quintana for another "unboxing" event. This time, it's the latest shipment of handmade felt ornaments from Kyrgyzstan. Handmade by women at the rural cooperative "Kork" ("Hope" in the local Kyrgyz language), these little gems are perfect memorable gifts for children and adults alike.

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Preparing the Ikat Loom: From our Artisan Partners at Craft Studio IkatUz

May 31, 2020

In this little video, you will get a glimpse into the behind the scenes work that goes into spinning, dyeing and preparing the threads for the ikat weaving loom at Craft Studio IkatUz in Margilan, Uzbekistan. Special thanks to our colleague and artisan partisan Aziz Murtazaev and the Ethical Fashion Initiative for creating this video and allowing us to share it with our HoonArts audience.

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Ikat Weaving: Meet One of Uzbekistan's Master Ikat Weavers

May 31, 2020

Meet one of the master weavers from Craft Studio IkatUz in this video. Special thanks to our colleague and artisan partner Aziz Murtazaev and the Fashion Initiative for creating this glimpse into the world of ikat weaving in Uzbekistan and allowing us to share it with our HoonArts audience.

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Ikat weaving in Uzbekistan

The Vocabulary of Ikats

May 27, 2020

Central Asia has a long and rich history of textile traditions, including weaving, dyeing, embroidery, carpet making, patchwork and more. These textiles traveled the Silk Road in both directions for hundreds of years. One of the textile arts associated with the region that has gained popularity in the West in recent years is the world of "ikats." The term "ikat" is now typically understood in the West to refer to the dramatic and slightly blurred patterns inspired by the traditional colorful ...

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New Ikat Scarves Arrive from Uzbekistan

May 15, 2020

    Check out the brand new handwoven ikat scarves that just arrived from Uzbekistan! You can shop locally and have a global impact with these gorgeous silk and silk/cotton scarves--they make the perfect unforgettable (yet ethical) gift in these crazy times.

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Paisley & Patchwork-Textile Patterns On the Go

Paisley & Patchwork-Textile Patterns On the Go

May 11, 2020

One of the things I love about working with our artisan partners is the chance to see how the same techniques and patterns find their way around the world. This bedcover and pillow set features a couple of patterns that are very traditional in Central Asia, and also familiar to us in the West. 

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Where the Heck is Central Asia?

May 03, 2020

Many world travelers are now wondering when, if ever, they will be able to indulge their wanderlust again, in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic. In this short video, we hope to make up for that in a small way by taking you on a whirlwind tour (by map) around Central Asia and the countries of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. These are the modern countries (and former Soviet Republics) where HoonArts' artisans live and work. We also answer the Number 1 question we always get at liv...

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Live Chat with the Artist-Munira Akilova in Tajikistan (April 2020)

April 25, 2020

Want a break from the 24 hour news cycle, “all the pandemic all the time”? Looking for a unique getaway in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown? Are you worried you may never be able to travel again?     Take a trip to the heart of the ancient Silk Road, for a live chat with Munira Akilova in Tajikistan. On April 23, 2020, we recorded our first ever Live Chat with the Artist video. We sat down on Zoom with Munira Akilova, handicraft designer and manager for Armughon Handicrafts and Ar...

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The Parable of The Scarf That Turned a Mom into A Hero

The Parable of The Scarf That Turned a Mom into A Hero

March 25, 2020

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