Founded by global travelers and media veterans Dara and Dan Brewster, DARA Artisans is an online shop offering exquisitely handmade and socially conscious goods that the pair find on their travels around the globe. Textiles, ceramics, tableware, jewelry, and accessories are chosen for beauty, craftsmanship, and according to DARA’s broader goal of sustaining local artistic traditions and expanding economic opportunities for craftspeople around the world.
DARA Artisans is giving Remodelista and Gardenista readers the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to shop the global collection. To enter, sign up for emails from DARA Artisans and Remodelista by entering your email address in the box at the bottom of this post by Wednesday, December 9. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. See Official Rules for details.
Above: San Francisco designer Tina Frey casts translucent resin in handmade molds to create food-safe, shatterproof tableware and accessories. We like the white resin Champagne Bucket with hand-knotted leather handles; $190.
Above: NHB Knife Works was started by a former chef who found himself constantly tweaking his commercial knives to improve their performance. Each stainless steel knife has a wood handle with a unique blue-green pattern, available as a nine-inch Chef Knife ($379), a six-inch Utility Knife ($279), and a three-inch Paring Knife ($179).
Above: DARA Artisans helps sustain traditional weaving techniques in Laos through a line of scarves, textiles, and wall hangings such as the Sam Tai Design Textile, made of naturally dyed Lao silk; $1,440.
Above: Artist Rachel Concho is a member of the Roadrunner clan of the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico; her ceramics are inspired by ancient pot shards found on the land. Concho is known for her one-of-a-kind seed pots, such as the Fine Line Geometric Seed Jar; $255.
Above: These brilliant blue and white textiles are by master indigo dyer Aboubakar Fofana, who lives in Paris but was born in Mali and carries on the traditional indigo- and vegetable-dyeing techniques of his homeland. Among the offerings: the Guinea Hen Dots 20-Inch Pillow ($450), Arrow Stripe Lumbar Pillow ($410), and Baga Die Linen Throw (currently on sale for $399, down from $750).
Above: Lifestyle photographer Jim Franco became a ceramicist later in life and now divides his time between the two arts. He makes each ceramic bowl by hand in his New York studio, including the 3.5-inch Bowl 4 ($85) and six-inch Bowl 36 ($105), both in a matte white glaze.
Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to shop at DARA Artisans; just enter your email address in the form below by Wednesday, December 9.