the souvenirs from China

Everyone brings home souvenirs from their travels: postcards, toys, pictures, clothing, folk art such as papercuts, etc. A chop from China makes a special souvenir since it bears the owner’s name. Travelers to China will likely find no one else in the neighborhood has a chop. And chops are so Chinese. Documents and artwork are … Continue reading the souvenirs from China

embriodery

As unlikely as it may seem, the embroidery found on the handkerchiefs and pillowcases into which grandmothers have invested countless hours of fine needlework actually extends from an ancient and culturally rich Japanese art form that dates back more than 1,000 years ago. And grandparents and their families can now explore the origins and beauty … Continue reading embriodery