Arts of Asia
Arts of Asia is dedicated to promoting artisans and artists from Burma, Indonesia, India and Thailand through fair trade practices.
Each year I travel to these countries to find the items that I sell. By buying directly, I not only support the artisans and artists, but I keep my costs low so that I can pass on to you excellent quality, often one-of-a-kind, products at very reasonable prices.
Among the many products that we offer are beautiful silks, jewelry, toys and other handicrafts from Thailand; jewelry, lacquer ware, art, and woodcarvings from Burma; art, silver, and other crafts from Bali, and cashmere and silks from India.
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Our clients buy directly from us or at the many fundraising shows we participate in during the year around the country, but primarily in the Washington, DC area. We have also participated in exhibitions and shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Oregon, California and Tokyo.
Over the years we at Arts of Asia have supported many charitable projects in Myanmar. In these efforts I have been generously supported by many of our customers:
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- We provided over 1000 children in the Shan State of Burma with pencils, erasers and sharpeners. (Children in Burma cannot attend school without a pencil.) We also repaired one schoolhouse and provided windows and window frames for another school, also in the Shan State.
- After the 2004 Tsunami, I collected funds through the internet, went to Phuket Island and gave the equivalent of $100 in cash to several of the most severely injured in a hospital on the island. We also donated $300 to the rebuilding of a school there, and $200 to victims of the Tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia.
- Following the disastrous Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, thanks to generous donations, I was able to directly distribute 1 month’s salary to over 120 families who lost their homes and possessions. We also provided funds for the rebuilding of 8 villages in the worst hit areas.
- We also delivered several boxes of donated teaching materials to the School for the Blind in Rangoon. With the help of our customers, I was able to buy them a new Braille embosser, plus several parts to fix their old embosser along with a voltage regulator to make sure the machines run well. With the leftover funds collected, we created Burmese/American friendship t-shirts for every pupil at the school.
- Other projects have included donations to orphanages and medical clinics in the Rangoon areas
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