Vintage Tunisian Textiles

DARA Artisans recently traveled on a sourcing trip to Tunisia, a delightful gem of a country on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa.  As a lover of textiles, I was instantly taken with the exotic charm of vintage Berber weavings from the southern deserts. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Mar 07, 2016

Occupation:  President and Founder of Absolute Travel

Location: New York, NY 

Instagram: @absolutetravel

Favorite Things: Travel and jazz music

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Tastemaker: Ken Fish, Founder of Absolute Travel

We’re partnering with our favorite trendsetters, globetrotters, style icons from around the world to bring you the DARA Artisans Tastemaker Series. This new feature will highlight everything from insider travel tips and restaurant recommendations to coveted style forecasts and favorite discoveries.

Today we meet Ken Fish, President and Founder of Absolute Travel.

Written by DARA Artisans.Dec 17, 2015
Dan and I began exploring the area as soon as we arrived, visiting with local artisans and learning more about Peru's culture of craftsmanship. I loved watching a Cusco weaver in the process of creating a new textile.

A DARA Sourcing Trip in Peru

If you’re passionate about discovering beautifully handmade things imbued with centuries of tradition and technique, Peru is veritable fantasy world. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Nov 11, 2015

Behind-the-Scenes of Our Guatemala Sourcing Trip

After falling in love with Guatemalan craftsmanship during our collaboration with Tucker Robbins, the DARA team was eager to explore additional opportunities to connect with the country’s artisan community.


Written by DARA Artisans.Oct 13, 2015
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After a Tragic Earthquake, Nepal’s Artisans Find a Way to Move Forward

Having worked closely with local Nepalese artisans for many years, FROM THE ROAD founder, Susan Easton, was devastated to learn that a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake had struck Nepal this past April. Much to her relief, none of the artisans had sustained serious injuries, but many lost their homes in the tragedy. She knew they would face the subsequent challenge of rebuilding their lives, both literally and figuratively, amidst a world thrown into chaos. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Sep 29, 2015

Labor Day Weekend: One Bag, Three Destinations

Labor Day weekend always offers an alluring array of possibilities for end-of-summer excursions. After booking the necessary plane tickets, coordinating with friends, and making restaurant reservations, the only thing left to do is pack!  (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Aug 27, 2015

This 500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage is famous for its Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture and colonial relics. When you’ve finished soaking in the beautiful array of churches, convents, and mansions, pay a visit to Nim P’ot, a shopper’s paradise filled with traditional artisan pieces.

Tucker Robbins’ 5 Favorite Destinations in Guatemala

We couldn’t be more excited about our exclusive collaboration with Tucker Robbins. When it comes to exquisitely handmade craftsmanship, Guatemala is clearly a source of immense talent, creativity, and inspiration. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Aug 19, 2015

Back to Roots with Tucker Robbins

Renowned furniture designer Tucker Robbins has a vision for world peace. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Aug 12, 2015
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Links We Love – August 7, 2015

From recipes inspired by our favorite literary heroines to a tour of Frieda Kahlo’s Mexico City home, here are the links we love this week. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Aug 07, 2015

The Girls’ Lounge in Cannes

I recently had the pleasure of attending The Ipsos Girls’ Lounge conference at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France. Founded by Ipsos CEO Shelley Zalis, The Ipsos Girls’ Lounge sets up shop at large trading events around the world, providing a place for women in the marketing, advertising, research, media and technology industries to network and inspire one another. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Jul 17, 2015
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DARA Artisans promotes cultural curiosity and a sense of discovery by offering a sophisticated edit of handmade artisan crafts to an audience seeking authentic, responsibly sourced designs with a modern aesthetic.