Prayer Flag Descriptions & Symbolism: Prayer Flags in Tibet are called Lung Ta (wind horse), which is both literal of the image, and symbolic of the action of the flags. The idea is that by hanging these flags in high places such as from the top of stupas and across mountain paths, the Wind Horse will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings.Continue reading →
Bruce St. John Maher is a world renowned Artist and Master Craftsman known best for his Glass Faceted Beads. These stunning beads depict landscapes and forests mostly and have a 3D effect to them. The layered painting and kiln technique that he perfected is almost completely exclusive to his craft.
Very few artists have ever attempted to mimic his techniques until only recently. This is due in part to a booklet by Jim Kervin where Bruce outlines and reveals some of his secrets on how these magnificent beads are made. By using phosphorescent paints and creating the images on the glass, these pieces of glass are then joined together and fused in a kiln to create a single bead. The three dimensional effect this creates if phenomenal!Continue reading →
Firstly it may be observed that the word “gong” is in fact a case of an onomatopoeia. Their sound resembles their name when struck. The antique, one of a kind gongs that we carry at Tiger Tiger fall into two categories. We have Burmese Temple gongs and Indonesian Gamelan Gongs. Burmese gongs were primarily used at temples as a call to worship and just as likely as a call to alarm the people of a local village or tribe in the event of a threat or attack.Continue reading →
For centuries, the Hill Tribes of Nepal, China and Burma and other regions have been creating these fabrics by hand. Using embroidery, Ikat and supplementary warp weaving, the most noted creators of these fabrics were the Hmong, Akha and Karen peoples.
Many of these textiles are no longer made by hand due to mass production by automated looms. However, some vintage fabrics have been repurposed into Handbags, Shoulder Bags and Pouches.
Tiger Tiger has a large selection of these one of a kind items, personally sourced by Tiger Tiger from these many regions, some made with repurposed vintage cloth that will never be available again.Continue reading →
Remember as kids how we would collect glass beads to make our own bracelets, necklaces or works of art? Or, maybe you liked to collect items for a charm bracelet. Now that we have “grown up” it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy collecting and adorning yourself with bead work pendants and charms.Continue reading →
Are you a picker or a collector? If you have ever seen the reality show American Pickers on The History Channel, you’ll have a good idea what this article is all about. But this time, the pickings are halfway around the world. From Thailand to Burma, the treasures are hidden all about. The trick is finding them and making the right deal at the right price.
For over 30 years, Tiger Tiger, aka Matt and Susan, have been tramping through several countries hunting and picking for rare, one-of-a-kind antiques and artifacts. Unfortunately, Susan is no longer among the living, but is still a partner in Spirit.
It’s not too late! Robert Burkett is a world-renowned jewelry maker and has been called the Finest Bead-Maker in America. He works primarily in silver and shibuichi, an ancient Japanese process where silver is mixed with copper to produce stunning arrays of color and form. Yet, there is a strong possibility he will not be producing these collectible items much longer. His pieces are crafted by hand using the lost wax casting technique. Highly collectible and treasured, his style is uniquely his own. Sometimes imitated, but never matched!
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A First of it’s Kind.
There is an old adage in business; “If there is enough need or demand, the market will find a way to fill that demand.” And that is exactly what is happening as The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show 2021 is under way for it’s second day as a ‘Virtual Event’ for the first time ever.Continue reading →