Uqllu: Weaving Alpaca in the Andes
Pan America Silver Corp is a mining company based in Vancouver, BC and Morococha, Peru.  Their social responsibility division created Uqllu, a company committed to...
From Tagine to Pastilla: Three Moroccan Cookbooks
The food of Morocco is deceptively complex. Glancing at a menu or visiting a welcoming Moroccan’s home for a meal appears to offer merely variations on tagines,...
Exploring the Grand Bazaar, Bayram and The Golden Horn
In 1926 the Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote Sailing to Byzantium: “I have sailed the seas and come to the holy city of Byzantium.” I got here by flying...
Exploring the Grand Bazaar, Bayram and The Golden Horn

Exploring the Grand Bazaar, Bayram and The Golden Horn

10/04/14

In 1926 the Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote Sailing to Byzantium: “I have sailed the seas and come to the holy city of Byzantium.” I got here by flying American Airlines from Boston to Chicago to London, and finally to Istanbul, arriving exhausted, at midnight. Does any city better represent the melding of cultural influences, traditional craft and modern design than Istanbul?  I’ve come to Istanbul to discover today’s crafts that have risen out of artistry and...

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Discovering a Soul Connection with Colombia

Discovering a Soul Connection with Colombia

08/14/14

A Curated World enlists Travel Ambassadors to source MARKET FINDS from all corners of the globe. Follow Melissa Clarke as she guest curates our Instagram while discovering Colombia for the first time. We have so many talented friends with a brilliant “eye” for objects and fashion that delight. Furthermore, these friends either live or travel all over the world. So we’re becoming a bit of a voyeur as these style ambassadors lead us to treasure! Art therapist, style guru Melissa...

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Back to Bohemian Roots: Barranco

Back to Bohemian Roots: Barranco

04/22/14

I had such an adventure in Peru. The flight to Lima and the invite to Peru Gift Show were a complete surprise, and I wanted to make the most of a super cool opportunity. I stayed in Miraflores at the top of Parque Kennedy, a large square lined with art vendors and cafes. This is a bustling, urban upper-class section of the city. The neighborhood also struck me as party central with music, fireworks and voices being heard throughout the night. With only four days, I wanted to focus on exploring...

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Uqllu: Weaving Alpaca in the Andes

Uqllu: Weaving Alpaca in the Andes

12/17/13

Pan America Silver Corp is a mining company based in Vancouver, BC and Morococha, Peru.  Their social responsibility division created Uqllu, a company committed to showcasing Peruvian craftsmanship, providing additional economic opportunity for mining communities. Peruvian weavers are among the best in the world, and alpaca from the Andes Mountain region are revered. The alpaca is a crucial component of life in the Andes Mountains of South America.  The alpaca’s fleece produces a near...

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Soak, Scrub, and Socialize

Soak, Scrub, and Socialize

10/01/12

Argan oil. Ghassoul. Black soap. Just a few of the essential ingredients of what may be one of the best beauty treatments on earth. A ritual that has been around for centuries. A place not just for cleansing, but also for socializing. It’s known as the hammam. And it’s an important part of Moroccan culture, for both men and women. With both health and beauty benefits, it’s an experience not to miss when travelling to Morocco as it’s sure to leave you feeling like you’ve uncovered a...

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All Poufs Are Not Created Equal

All Poufs Are Not Created Equal

08/23/12

The pouf is so popular today that it would be easy to forget that a few years ago most people would say “what is a pouf?” The headless queen herself, Marie Antoinette, would not criticize you if you claimed it as an 18th century hairstyle. I received my first Moroccan pouf from dear friends in 2002. It was butter-soft ivory leather with lime green stitching. It has sat prominently in all my living rooms since. A reminder that age-old design never tires. These friends had moved to Marrakech....

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