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Welcome to SHIBUI Issue 5! Where do your worldly artisan treasures come from? And how did they make their way to you? While the hint of a bargain can get most pulses racing, if it came with a description written by the maker… one of hope, pride and great sense of responsibility to preserve and share their cultural traditions and craftsmanship to the rest of the world… does that make it a precious commodity? You have to admire the art, skill and effort that goes into each and every handmade piece. Not to mention the laborious dedication to deliver items safely, often from remotely accessible villages to the reaches of global consumerism. That effort alone is worth more than the price tag. This edition we take you from India to Africa, Greece and the UK. Plus throw in a tease of travel photography and luxe dream destinations to add to your getaway wish list. With every edition we hope to bring the true roots of a culture closer to you, remembering that a longer-term retail ‘high’ lies in the knowledge you’re supporting a unique community of origin. Happy reading!
THIS PHOTO Riding in style. Handmade in Northern Ghana, each AAKS raffia basket bears the fingerprint of the artisan who fashioned it. (Turn to page 39.) Photo Akosua Afriyie-Kumi