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The Bell Maker

On a trip to India, the Global Shokunin team met Lohar Rasul, a metalsmith who has been making bells for over 40 years in the village of Nirona located in Western India. Rasul specializes in making copper bells which resonate different notes and were once used as the identifying mark for the cattle in the area. Bell-making is a specialized craft he  learned from his father and he plans on passing along to his son and grandchildren. Each bell is a labor of love and it takes Rasul several hours to produce just one. Speaking to Rasul, we learned that he sells the bells to the occasional tourist that passes the village or the middlemen who resell the bells to large...

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Meet the Artisan: Yukako Satone, of Loop of the Loom - Japanese Weaving for Self-Healing and Expression

In our search for local Shokunins (Japanese for artisan) we discovered Loop of the Loom. The NYC based studio is quietly tucked away on east 87th St in Manhattan. As soon as we entered the space, we were greeted by beautifully colored tapestry hanging on the walls. They were full of texture and life. Since 2005, Loop of the Loom has been creating awareness of the free-style “happy weaving” method called SAORI weaving, which embraces self-healing and discovering one’s creativity. SAORI weaving is a craft that started years ago in Osaka, Japan by its founder Misao Jo, who one day noticed a “flaw” in one of her tapestry's and decided to develop it into a form of empowerment and self-expression....

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Weaving Holiday Happiness

In the true spirit of holidays and being mindful of consumption, we were inspired by nature to create eco-friendly decorations! The weeping willow tree in the backyard obliged!  So, we wove some dried late summer blooms (saved as reminders of last summer’s sunshine), the willow branches and a wee bit of imagination into a wreath to welcome the holidays. Here is a vignette of weaving happiness. And Viola! Now Hanging on our door to Welcome all the Shokunin family and friends. So we encourage you gather some friends, put on your warm winter coats, go for a walk in the woods or your neighborhood, collect foliage and weave your own memories into a wreath. Happy Holidays from our family to yours! 

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