Portugal first enacted laws protecting its cork forests, or montados, in 1209, centuries before ecological responsibility was a common goal. It takes 25 years for a cork oak to mature, after which it can be sustainably harvested for 150 years or more. Here, Portuguese artisans pair strips of cork with faux turquoise and silver-tone metal in a unisex style.
This inviting bedding begins as lengths of crisp
cotton fabric, laid smooth along a wooden table. Artisans take hand-carved wooden blocks, dip them in indigo-hued dye, and stamp the elaborate pattern one block at a time. It takes as many ...
Inspired by the natural beauty surrounding their home
on Vancouver Island, designers David and Anna Hall work in close collaboration with traditional Balinese carvers to bring this delightful trio of wooden songbirds to life.
In the mountains of northern Ethiopia, jewelry-making traditions
are passed down through the generations. Today, in the spirit of creativity, enterprise, and peace, farmers collect the artillery shells from past conflicts that they find on their land and give them ...