state of ori­gin


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

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