Looking for some unique gifts this Holiday season? Then the world is your marketplace at NOVICA.com. Part of the National Geographic family, Novica is where talented artists and artisans from remote regions around the world can have a global platform to display their true artistic talents and benefit financially from their creativity. The benefit to the customer is that they can have access to and buy unique, hard-to-find items at great values and more importantly, of authentic origin! And since each item is shipped from its country of origin, warehouse costs are eliminated. Furthermore, artists remain fully independent--they are free to raise their prices, lower their prices, or remove their items from the Novica website. By cutting out the long strings of middlemen, Novica allows both consumers and artisans to get the most out of each and every transaction.
At any given time, Novica features more than 30,000 limited edition and one of a kind handmade works of art, ranging from artisan crafted jewelry to handsewn apparel to world style home decor. And boy, did I have a tough time when I was over there the other day. I loved them all - the African masks, leather handbags from Brazil, Ottoman from Andes, green gifts from Thailand, a Dragon wood panel from Bali, art glass items from Mexico etc. They also have an exceptionally nice and fair trade Corporate Gifts section that features some truly gorgeous products (sculptures, stationary, leather items etc). I ultimately ended up with were two gorgeous items from India - the 'Scarlet Extravaganza' glass jar and the 'Spring Sunshine' ceramic wind chimes and I can't wait for them to get here --- all the way from India!
Novica is an adventure. I could choose items based on region, artist and price. At Novica, I could find information that's not often found in crafts stores or art galleries. I was able to view images of artisans in their workshops, read a personal bio about in the artist's own words and understand their goals, philosophies and lifestyles. I got to see their video and was able to check out other creations by that same artist. And there are customer reviews of that item as well as recommendations of similar items. And if I want to send a personal message to the artist, well, I can do that as well! Now, that's truly bridging the gap between artist and patron, don't you think?
They always have a Sale going on and from time to time, offer free shipping on a variety of products (currently, it's free shipping for jewelry!).
For more information and to view some truly gorgeous products from around the world, visit http://www.novica.com/.
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