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December 16, 2015

Nomad Christmas list Christmas is only 9 days away! Still need some gift inspiration? Well, you’re in luck!  Take a look at our Staff Pick Holiday Gift Guide! Here are some things the ladies at Nomad would recommend this season!

Jess S’s pick: Jelly Cat Stuffed Whale $32

Lena’s pick: Indian Lantern (variety of colors) $16

Julia’s pick: Any of our Tracey Tanner Wallets (range  from $48 to $78)

Olivia’s pick: Wooden Ships Infinity Scarf $52

Mel’s pick: Ace & Jig Compass Tee in Nector $178

Deb’s pick: Elena Solow Earrings $148

Jess W’s pick: Corna Mug $26

Mary’s pick: Limited edition Frasier Fir Candle $44

Meg’s pick: Shupaca Throw $98

Annie’s pick: Susan Monosson Jewelry $185

All of these items are available in store! Stop in during our extended hours (Monday- Saturday 10-9 and Sunday 11-7) and finish up that holiday shopping! See you soon!

Making magical creations with Mexican artist, Joel Garcia at Nomad

Year after year, Nomad hosts Joel Garcia for a week in October.  He spends time at the store, making and painting Día de los Muertos figures, and demonstrating his technique for visitors.

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Día de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday, but one that is celebrated all over the world.  On November 1 and 2, families and friends gather to remember and honor the memories of deceased loved ones – cleaning and decorating their tombstones, bringing marigolds to the cemetery, cooking offerings of food, lighting candles, and building personalized altars.

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It is not a day of sadness, but rather of remembrance, respect, and reverence.  If you’ve spotted our October windows and in-store stock, or participated in our holiday events, you would know that Nomad has always been a proud supporter of celebrating this holiday!

Upon each visit, we ask Joel Garcia to create Día de Los Muertos figures of well-loved celebrities and public figures who have passed over the past año.  This year, we requested Ann B. Davis as Alice from the Brady Bunch, Robin Williams as Mork and Nelson Mandela.

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Joel also teaches a two-day papier maché workshop at Nomad!
Students begin on day one by creating their figures out of paper, paste and wire.

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The sculpture dries overnight, and students spend the second day
painting & glazing their figures.

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It’s always a joy for students to take home their very own
completely handmade, original works of art!

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Check out Lisa’s amazing whale, and more of her work on instagram/yellowsunlisa !

If you missed out on any of the Día de Los Muertos festivities at Nomad, be sure to sign up for our newsletter for future notifications, and stay tuned for next year!

Boucherouite Rag Rugs

September 16, 2014

Moroccan boucherouite rugs (pronounced “boo-shay-REET”) are anything BUT raggedy!

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Their name comes from a Moroccan-Arabic phrase used to describe torn and re-used clothing.

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Made by women for use in the home, these zany carpets were developed in the 1960s and 70s as a result of several global socio-economic factors.

 

 

 

 

 

As nomadic Moroccan lifestyle sharply declined during the 20th century, sheepherding also decreased, resulting in scarcer sources of wool; the traditional Moroccan Berber rug material.

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Paradoxically, Moroccan rugs grew in popularity throughout the international market, and weavers were forced to adapt using more available and contemporary synthetic materials – anything from nylon to polyester and recycled plastics, in all kinds of bright and poppy colors.

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Using a wild aesthetic that combines organic and asymmetrical shapes, the artisans who make these chic rugs also employ all kinds of surface treatment, from building thick piles to making tight flat knots.

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We love how adaptation can yield such exciting results!  Every Boucherouite rug is irresistibly unique and makes its own splashy statement of originality.  Find the rugs featured in this post at Nomad and brighten up your home with a piece of this story!

 

 Woolen, sturdy, detailed and full of expression– these stuffed animals are no ordinary toys! 

 

They are made by the Dropenling Handicraft Development Center, established in order to support the work of artisans in Lhasa, Tibet, and to ensure that profits made are returned to those talented artisans.

Quality is emphasized by this program, with the intent to compete with lower-quality products flooding the Tibetan market from nearby Nepal.

TPAF created The Tibet Artisan Initiative, the umbrella program supporting the Dropenling Center, among other cultural heritage preservation initiatives.

The Tibet Artisan Initiative is meant to both preserve Tibet’s cultural heritage of traditional craft-making, and improve those crafts’ marketplace presence. It is through these projects that we are able to bring you these fabulous animals!

 

  

Did you know? 

“Dropenling”, the name of this handicraft center, literally means “giving back for the betterment of all beings”

What a great message!