Making Box Tops

Making Box Tops

When (and while) I opened Native in 2005, I was a full time freelance graphic designer. I wanted customize boxes in many different colors but its was cost prohibitive. Native was just starting out it it was so costly, so I went old school, printed out sheets and starting hand wrapping each box. Native is 17 years old now and I still hand wrap each and every box. Although I could probably afford…
​Prosperity Hens from India

​Prosperity Hens from India

In India, hens are a traditional symbol of prosperity and good luck for centuries. They are often given as gifts at celebrations to encourage success and good fortune. Hence, strands of handmade fabric hens, aptly named "Prosperity Hens", and are believed to bring prosperity, abundance and good luck when hung in a doorway or window. The strands of are made of colorful stylized hens that are s…
Peruvian Retablos

Peruvian Retablos

Retablos are a sophisticated Peruvian folk art. The term "Retablo" is derived from the Latin retro tabula, which means behind the (altar) table, referred to as "Santero Boxes"in Europe, where they originated. The art form was brought to Peru by Spanish in the 16th century. They were used by Spanish evangelists and priests to teach bible stories and convert the indigenous people to catholicism…
The 21 Tuareg Crosses of Niger

The 21 Tuareg Crosses of Niger

Agadez is a market town in Niger, sub-sahara Africa. The Cross of Agadez is named after this village and is the most famous among the 21symbols of the Tuareg. It is the archetype and the first of all the Tuareg Crosses. Some traditions say that it is give by the father to his sons whenthey are traveling or leaving home. They are worn for good luck and protection. There are many theories of where a…