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The photo above is me with my big cat lap kitties!
We have traveled extensively to study countries, customs, and art from different continents. We do a lot of research on art in general, and we collect and sell mostly handcrafted and unique items that we locate often in very remote places and jungles, hiking to villages where there is no other transportation mode available.
We also carry a lot of museum items and rare statues and artifacts, vintage handwoven textiles, original paintings, masks, puppets, effigies, amulets, body ornaments, shields and weapons etc... We have rare pieces from many continents and countries including Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Australia, Micronesia etcas well as a large and rare collection from Papua New Guinea, the Trobriand islands, Irian jaya, Sulawesi, Borneo, Timor, Sumba, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumatra, Nias, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hmong tribes etc... among other things. We also sell to a lot of museums internationally.
We also represent original art from many artists, and I am an artist too, selling my handpainted products: glass, canvas, furniture, jewlery on the internet and in galleries around where I live. we also sell limited edition prints and other hard to find items. If you have any questions, please email for more details,
thanks for coming by.
Enjoy some special photo's of people we've met and places we've enjoyed in our travels around the world....
Door bas-relief: Angkor Wat, Khmer temple Cambodia
Angkor Wat (built during the early years of the 12th century by
Suryavaram II) honors the Hindu god Vishnu
Ha Long Bay (literally: "Descending Dragon Bay") is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam with many outstanding natural Karst limestone formations (Gulf of Tonkin).
Kip Bush Tribe, Sing Sing Festival, Mount Hagen, Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Sina Sina Tribal Warrior, Papua New Guinea.
This tribal man wears a Boar tusk necklace that we have available in our booth regularly and that we collected on the premises.
 Legend has it that the mudmen were defeated by an opposing tribe and forced to flee into the Asaro River. They waited until dusk before attempting to escape. The enemy saw them arise from the muddy banks covered in mud and thought they were spirits. Most tribes in Papua New Guinea are very scared of spirits, so the enemy fled in fear, and the Asaro Mudmen were victorious. The Mudmen then went into the town to see what had happened, not knowing the enemy were still there. The enemy were so terrified they ran back to their town and had a special ceremony to ward off the spirits.

We carry every thing in our booth that this warrior from Papua, New Guinea is wearing, from the hand beaded headband, colored with natural dyes, to the baler shell pectoral ornament which is a prized possession as it has been traded from the coast and has a great deal of value to the locals (The shells of this very large marine mollusk were also highly valued by Aboriginal people, who used them to store water and eat from. The name came about because early Europeans recorded Aboriginal people bailing out their canoes with these huge scoops).

Such pieces are very rare and hard to collect and entirely hand crafted, and decorated with many natural components found in the surrounding jungles.

Young girl from Kiriwina Island in the Trobriands, an archipelago of coral atolls off the eastern coast of New Guinea. Note that her body is covered with decorations of pistils from tropical flowers.
Again in Kiriwina, I was putting nail polish on some of the little kids, they kept on coming for more, the boys wanted some too so I ended up doing both sexes, except I agreed to do only one finger per hand for the boys after a while, or I would still be there! I went thru a bunch of nail polish bottles that we usually give away on trips as well as medication and such, but there were too many people here, so I had to do their nails instead, in order to satisfy everyone. At the end, the chief of the island came to me and asked me to trade the last 1/2 empty bottle for a Conus shell, which I did. There is not much real money usage in the Trobriands, mostly exchanges of goods. So the money used is often shells (or carvings) and this is the reason why the paper money of Papua New Guinea was named œkina which is a valuable shell the people highly prize and is used as an exchange for everything from initiations to bride price and compensation.
Dance celebration of children lined up about to start, in Kiriwina: These islands are rarely visited, a freighter passes thru every 3rd year so they have little contact with the outside world. I sell the skirts the girls are wearing but only have 3 left collected years ago, they take a long time to create so are also viewed as riches and as a money, thus are also traded. They are made with many levels of tediously thin threaded banana leaves, among other things.
Nowadays, through trade, the warriors and chiefs have managed to get their hands on some Chinese dyes that they now decorate their bodies with. They have been told these dyes are dangerous and should not be used on their skin but they still do. People of Papua have little fear of death, or anything else for that matter. They are brave and proud in the face of many an adversity. We also carry all the body ornaments seen here, we collected them while there on different occasions, such as the half moon one-piece mother of pearl kina necklace seen around the natives throat.
Another warrior in garb with some touches of cuscus fur here and there!
Everything found in nature is used very cleverly in all costumes. These 2 dancers are perfecting each others festive decorations up close!
This was taken during an initiation for boys in a village along the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.
One of my favorites, a costume of mud, lichens and moss which is just outstanding.
The Butterfly Tribe,
in mourning, Highlands, Papua New Guinea.
Hmong tribes of North Vietnam, from the mountains near the Chinese Border: Some women from the Red Dzao tribe and other remote Hill Tribes

Young girl from the Flower Hmong tribe, Hills of North Vietnam:

I also carry some of those clothes and hats made of entirely hand woven hemp fabric and decorated with intense hand made embroideries and detailed needlepoint. We also carry their quilts or blankets entirely hand stitched with colorful cross stitch throughout.


Child from the Flower Hmong Tribe at market.
A mountain weekly market, North Vietnam.
One of the remote Islands from the San Blas Chain off the Coast of Panama where we collect the molas we sell in our booth: they are an amazing hand made reverse applique textile art created by the local Kuna Indians with time consuming mastery. Takes one month to make some of them.

Uaguinega island, San Blas, where we sleep in hammocks under the stars, very rustic, no power or running water.



Royal palace of the Minangkabau people,

Western Sumatra, Indonesia.

My husband and our driver in front of some traditional houses called Tongkonan in the Toraja district of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. The houses are built in the shape of an upside-down boat much like the Stave Churches Of Scandinavia.
Hunter from the Dani Tribe, Irian Jaya.
We have a few of these traditional tribal Feather Crowns.
Walking back from Palembei Village, 3 miles into the jungle, to get back to our boat on the Sepik River, with the entire village in toe carrying the Ancestor statues we just purchased from them, the kids were carrying the smaller ones. These Statues are available upon request, we have not had time to list them yet but will whenever we have a chance.
Here we have reached the river and are putting them onto the boat with our captain.
Sepik bride with traditional wedding veil made entirely of nassa and other shells attached to hand woven twine created out of natural fibers and grasses. These pieces are very hard to acquire and we have 2 available.
We had 2 of those Papuan canoes hollowed out of an entire tree trunk, they are both sold, one of them, to our great dismay, went to Korea to someone that plans to actually use it, as he also bought antique oars from us to row with!. Shipping was as expensive as the canoe itself, it was 18 ft long!
I just knew I could not trust my husband with other women!
A little boy from the middle Sepik.
The Decorated Roof Lintel of a Haus Tambaran, or spirit house, from the Middle Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. The Mask is here to protect the inhabitants from evil spirits, and the tongue sticking out is also meant to intimidate whoever would approach with mischief in mind.
The Middle Sepik Region is populated mainly by the Latmul people who inhabit small, traditional villages along the banks of the river and its tributaries. Tribal life centers around the Haus Tambaran, the most important building in the village, one seen here. Some of these impressive structures are very long, reach 25 meters in height, and emerge above the forest canopy. An amazing array of carvings including masks, statues and figures are kept inside the Haus Tambaran for initiations, different rites and protection. Traditionally, only initiated warriors are allowed inside, there is a penalty of death for the others.
Body Chemistry at its best!
Kuna man from Achutupo Island (Commune of Kuna Yala) carving a canoe out of an entire tree trunk on the beach.
Indian Kuna woman wearing the traditional mola blouse with 2 reverse applique panels, one in front and one in back.These pieces are highly collectable and we carry many in our booth, they are fine textile art pieces entirely sewn by hand over sometimes months, that are either matching or with reversed colors or coordinate each other.
Another Kuna or Cuna Indian: Kuna women spend countless hours stitching the very colouful reverse appliqued cotton "molas" which is part of their daily wear. Essentially, the Kuna are fishermen, but they also farm coconut, corn, rice, cocoa, yucca and other staple.
Another Kuna or Cuna Indian: Determined to protect their unique culture, the Kunas were granted regional autonomy from Panama forming the "Comarca" (autonomous territory) of Kuna Yala where to this day an indigenous congress rules.
Gary distributing medicine and goods in one of the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama.
Gary distributing medicine, eye glasses and sewing needs in one of the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama.
Cuna woman rowing her hand carved canoe from island to island.
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