The indigenous culture of the Americas still has its DNA preserved in today's handicrafts, which, from raw materials to artisanal craftsmanship, shine with splendid ancient origins dating back to the pre-Hispanic era.
Kerala, the tropical paradise of India, is loved and praised by many as "God's Own Country". From cascades of greenery on the Western Ghats, this slender costal state reaches to the Arabian Sea, boasting diverse natural beauty and vibrant traditions.
Guatemala attracts global adventurers with the natural beauty of its diverse landscape. And for travelers who love art and history, there are unique architecture, exquisite handicrafts, and well-preserved cultural heritage characterized by their indigenous roots with a strong influence from Spain.
Red terracotta is the color of the imperial city of Marrakech. The Majorelle Garden houses green and cobalt. Argan trees bear golden fruits in the Sous valley. And in the magical Chefchaouen,mesmerizing shades of blue permeate everything.
To the ancestors of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec, weaving was extremely important and highly valued - almost every woman wove, and textiles were once used as currency. Among them, Inca weavers were considered the most accomplished. They usually wove on backstrap looms, a heritage which has been passed down through generations and still lives today.
A "city of art and history", Grasse takes pride in its prosperous perfume industry, whose history can be traced back to the 17th century. The favorable microclimate in Grasse prompted the cultivation of various fragrant plants, and subsequently the production of the finest essential oils and concentrates.
When I first learned about these weaving villages in Vietnam, I was blown away by the intricacies involved in creating their traditional textiles, and the amount of time and skill it takes to make them. I was also shocked to learn that these weaving techniques are in danger of going extinct, ...
Sri Lanka, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, is a teardrop shaped island at the foot of the Indian subcontinent. It is blessed with beautiful beaches, rain forests, rivers and highlands, and has the highest biodiversity density in Asia.