Posted by contributor, Lisa Robertson
When I started noticing the advertisements for Novica on the web and was intrigued. Novica, in association with National Geographic, gives artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. Novica takes beautiful textiles, furniture and more from out-of-the-way markets in Asia, Africa and South America and makes them available to consumers in the United States. I was contacted by Novica and asked if I would be interested in using the site.
Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been in a rut with my personal style, and Novica opened my eyes to a world of beautiful and unique products from all over the world. I was also immediately blown away by the selection on the site at all price points. I even started a Pinterest board with many of the things that I love. I ended up purchasing two bags for trips to Disneyland and running around town. The bags were from two very different parts of the world: India and northern Thailand.
The red bag from India has quickly become my new favorite bag. Created by an artist named Manjuri Hazarika, this cotton shoulder bag is gorgeous and with a brocade trim depicting a garden where peacocks play. The bag is spacious with tons of room for all of the kids’ things and adds a beautiful pop of bright red color to my wardrobe. It is unique and an absolute conversation starter; in fact, I have had a lot of people stop me and ask where I got it!
Novica items make incredible gifts. Each item is beautifully wrapped, whether it is a gift or not, and comes with information on the artisan and a hand-written from the artisan thank you for the purchase.
I encourage you to stop by Novica’s website and sign up for their email list. Novica regularly email discounts to its subscribers. I also encourage you to follow Novica on Facebook; they regularly post pictures of new merchandise and of the artisans who make the beautiful items found on the website.