Beautiful ring with curving organic design suggestive of the
blowing wind. Weighs about 7 grams, made in India. Available
in Garnet. $7.25
In April we finished the overhaul of our site.
I hope you will find the new look appealing and more user-friendly.
Last month we
added many new designs, including some really cool new Bali-style
rings. The Balinese are known for their intricate detail work.
They use intricate scroll and filigree designs to enhance natural
shell and coral focal points. We have taken this concept a step
further by marrying the Balinese look with Indian stones and craftsmanship.
Check out the new Bali-style rings here.
We've also added
a couple more necklaces
from designer Michelle Gosdis. Based in Utah, she has a real eye
for color and texture. We're producing her designs in India, so
the prices are great too!
Check the site
for a re-stock of our very popular Hoi
An Lanterns. We've got four shapes each in several colors. In
the same shipment we got more of the evening
mini purse and the silk
runaround, two of the best selling hand bags we've ever had.
this week are the long-lost textiles I ordered in January. We will
have these up in the next two weeks, as they still need to clear
customs. Look for a bunch of new scarves, sarongs and handbags that
will reflect current trends but with an Indian flair.
this week I will be doing a hit and run to Bangkok. It takes me
18 hours each way, and I will stay only for three days! I'll be
re-stocking Hill Tribes silver rings and pendants, as well as textile
products like silk scarves and possibly some skirts.
Free For All
Laissez Faire: Free trade. When I was in college, this
was explained as one of the pillars of the American economy. With
true free trade, government intervention is non-existent, borders
are porous in both directions and the market sets its own price. In
actual fact, unbridled free trade has all kinds of problems. Without
government intervention there would be no limits imposed on what could
be sold. Imagine the corner store selling grenade launchers and Viagra
of questionable origin from Thailand.
government has grown more and more involved in the oversight of
trade for several reasons. In limiting what can and cannot be sold
it often serves as a safeguard for the public against dangerous
items like grenade launchers and harmful drugs like heroin. Perhaps
equally important, government regulation of imports helps to protect
American business. Goods coming into the US are checked for copyright
protection, false labeling (UL listing for example) and are classified
by category for duty and quota purposes.
our government and the governments of other countries has placed
limits and protections on items it deems worthy of protection. A
good example of this is steel. Steel is now produced cheaply in
countries like Korea and China. Were steel allowed unhindered entrance
into the US, the US steel industry (already on the ropes) would
collapse in the face of foreign competition. As a protection for
American business, our government limits the quantities of foreign
steel that may be imported in any given year. It also levies a duty
on imported steel that artificially increases the price to effectively
make American steel competitive in price. The government may also
subsidize certain segments of the economy (peanut farmers, for example)
to help them remain economically viable.
The up side
of this is that American jobs in all sorts of industries from agriculture
to manufacturing are protected from cheap foreign imports that rely
on cheap foreign labor. On the down side the American consumer pays
more at the cash register because government duties ultimately increase
the retail price of everything from cotton t-shirts to automobiles.
the US followed through on its commitment to the World Trade Organization
to eliminate quotas on textile goods from abroad. In fact, textile
quotas were eliminated among all of the WTO members, including China
and India. Duties remain in effect, so the effect on prices may
be somewhat limited at least initially. The average duty on textile
products is about 25%. It has been estimated that American consumers
pay an extra $50 to $60 billion dollars a year as a result of import
For our company,
the elimination of quotas is a huge plus. We have had problems in
the past getting goods into the country. As the end of the year
approached, quotas from India for certain categories like women's
cotton skirts would be full. If we wanted to bring in items that
were over the quota, we either had to source from another country
or wait until the next year's quota to open up.
There were also
more barriers imposed by the quota in terms of paperwork and regulation.
We were forced to pay extra in the country of origin and in the
US to our customs broker in order to process the quota paper work.
It should be
noted that the quotas were not given up without a fight from the
American textile industry. Ultimately, after court battles and intense
lobbying, the US mandated the elimination of the quotas per the
agreement with the WTO. Had the US not complied, it would have faced
sanctions and intense pressure from other WTO countries.
expect to pay less at the cash register for clothing as cheap Chinese
and Indian textiles, no longer limited by quotas, supplant more
expensive alternatives from within the US and from "middle
class" countries like the Philippines and Malaysia. Duties
will remain in place for the foreseeable future, but even that may
change: there is growing pressure on "rich countries"
like the US and EU countries to eliminate duties and subsidies.
If that happens, expect to see a substantial drop in wholesale and
subsequent retail prices.
For more info,
article by Edward Gresser, Director of the PPI Project on Trade
and Global Markets.
of the Site
Arrivals section has a cool handful of Bali style rings.
An Lanterns are restocked
Purses are Restocked
Coming in May: new star lamps, handbags, scarves, cushion covers
and picture pendants.
Please let me
know if you have any thoughts or suggestions on what we can do to
improve. We are always open to new ideas and constructive criticism.
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