Staff Travel Picks

With Fourth of July around the corner, it finally feels like summer is in full swing, and we’re in a vacation state of mind here at DARA. Join us on a journey around the world as we share our staff picks for favorite travel destinations.  (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Jun 30, 2015
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What To Pack: South of France

Here at DARA, we are obsessed with travel, constantly dreaming about where we want to go and what we’re going to pack. This week, our team member Aydan is heading to the South of France. She’s agreed to share a few of her travel necessities so we can all live vicariously…  (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Jun 29, 2015
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The Art of Bhutanese Weaving

Textile experts widely acknowledge Bhutanese weaving to be among the most sophisticated and time consuming in the world.


Written by DARA Artisans.Jun 23, 2015

Dara’s Personal Guide to Cartagena

Located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, Cartagena has remained a popular destination for adventurous travelers, from bands of plundering pirates in the 1700s to today’s luxury-seeking tourists. With its pastel-colored Colonial houses, gourmet restaurants, and electric nightlife, the city’s burgeoning appeal is no surprise. Best of all, the flight from New York is a mere 4.5 hours. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.Jun 22, 2015

Dara’s Personal Guide to Morocco

Morocco is one of my favorite places to travel. I love wandering through Marrakech’s winding Medina and losing myself among the opulent displays of artisan wares. Moroccan craftsmanship is some of the finest in the world. I am pleased to showcase a collection of handmade Moroccan treasures at DARA with Frederic Alcantara’s colorful handwoven rugs and Jewels’ supple leather tote bags. (more…)

Written by DARA Artisans.May 11, 2015

“My Brooklyn”

Two of our Brooklyn-based artisans give us the lowdown on their favorite local hot spots.


Written by DARA Artisans.May 07, 2015
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Got Laos

Americans’ perception of Laos has changed dramatically since Peter Greenberg, renowned travel writer and Today Show contributor, wrote about the country in April 2008: “Laos is a true magical mystery tour. Few Americans visit. Fewer understand it.”


Written by DARA Artisans.Apr 21, 2015
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Above the Fray

Spouses Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein co-founded Above the Fray: Hilltribe Art in 2007 to introduce the weaving traditions and cultures of hilltribe Laos and Vietnam to a worldwide audience.


Written by DARA Artisans.Apr 21, 2015
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Aman Resorts

Go behind the scenes with Dan and Dara during their stay at Bhutan’s Amankora resort.


Written by DARA Artisans.Mar 23, 2015
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Fritz Maurer

“You can try to preserve traditions—but not culture, because it changes,” says Fritz Maurer, a native of Switzerland who settled in Bhutan 45 years ago. He’s a resolute gentleman, 74 years old, and dressed in a traditional Bhutanese Gho. His wife Rinzin Lhamo, a native of Bhutan, died five years ago. They have five children together.


Written by DARA Artisans.Mar 22, 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.