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 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!

Kuchi jewelry brings us a piece of traditional nomadic culture from the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan with its rough and antique appearance.

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The Pashtoon tribe, one of the largest ethnic groups in Afghanistan, have worn Kuchi jewelry as a way to embody the constant motion of the tribe itself; moving down the mountains for the winter, and back up the mountains for the summer. The word “Kuchi” is a Persian word which, when translated, means “migration,” and is viewed by the Pashtoon culutre as a state of being rather than a temporary necessity.

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Though there is no true written history of the tribe within the borders of their land, Kuchi jewelry stands as a statement of the Pashtoon culture and lifestyle, and brings a unique vairety to jewelry as a genre. Come into Nomad and take a look at our Kuchi rings, pendants, earrings, and necklaces, and surround your self with movement and beauty, too!

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Boucherouite Rag Rugs

September 16, 2014

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


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


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.


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.








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.


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!


 Nomad is so excited to be participating in the Art Institute of Boston(AIB) Storefront Project! Since AIB became affiliated with Lesley University in 1998, (our friendly neighbor both to the left and the right), plans have been in the works to bring AIB, currently in Kenmore Square, to Cambridge.  Designs have been drawn up, funding is snowballing, and groundbreaking is slated to begin this year. (You can look at the designs here.  AIB is also proudly celebrating their Centennial year.

The AIB Storefront Project is meant to welcome AIB to the Harvard/Porter community, and to congratulate the school on reaching 100.  AIB collaborated with 17 retail stores along Massachusetts avenue in organizing this project; putting AIB student, faculty and alumni work in the windows for one month.  We were paired with an incredibly talented alumna of AIB, Julie Angela Theresa, whose paintings have brought us so much positivity from the local community.  We also think that it’s safe to say that our window merchandiser, Rebecca Demorest, did a fabulous job of integrating Julie’s paintings in with our clothing and goods. If you haven’t checked out our windows in person yet, please come visit!  Catch the rest of the artwork in the windows of our retail neighbors as you walk to Nomad, from either direction.  You can find the blog for the project, get information, and see images of the work at: http://storefrontartproject.wordpress.com. You can look at Julie’s work (the AIB artist we’re representing) online at: Julie Angela Theresa.

Here is Lesley’s article about the exhibit:



The exhibition will have a closing reception on Wednesday October 10th, and we’ll follow up with further details on facebook (facebook.com/nomadcambridge).