Annual Felt Exhibition and Sale
Nov
26
to Nov 27

Annual Felt Exhibition and Sale

Paula Halvorson will be at the shop Thanksgiving weekend, November 26 and November 27,  for the tenth straight year. Paula will be bringing felted products made by women in Central Asia. There will be slippers, hats, ornaments, nativities, and all manor of other fabulous stuff.

Also joining us will be Roberta Anderson. Roberta will be selling handmade and fair trade jewelry to benefit the Happy Home Orphanage of Puttaparthi, India.

This event is free, and all are welcome.

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Chaos and Color - Textiles of Africa and Asia
Nov
13
11:00am11:00am

Chaos and Color - Textiles of Africa and Asia

Our friend, Susie Miller, returns Saturday, November 12, with new textiles collected on her recent trip to village markets in Africa.

Plus, we'll have bunches of old favorites from India, Nepal, Laos, Indonesia, and other countries Susie has visited with her partner, Elon.

Please come and share in the joyful, sometimes wild and wonderful visual feast of African cloth, baskets and jewelry . There will be our old favorites as well, including embroideries and block print cloth from India, silk saris, folk paintings from India, terra cotta, natural dyed Indonesian ikat, African carvings, jewelry, Kuba cloth from the Congo, and much more. It is always a joy to see each of you at least once a year. Welcome!

Susie, Elon, and Barbara Hand

Susie, Elon, and Barbara Hand

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Handmade Felt Crafts from Kyrgyzstan
Nov
28
to Nov 29

Handmade Felt Crafts from Kyrgyzstan

Special event sale of Paula Halvorson's handmade felted crafts from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Paula employs women in Kyrgyzstan who make felted wool carpets, pillows, hats, slippers, handbags, saddle blankets, wall hangings, Christmas ornaments and stockings, belts and scarves. For centuries the tribal women have been making shirdaks, hand-felted carpets used to line the yurt for warmth and decoration. These carpets are made from morino sheep wool which they felt, color with dyes, cut in ornate patterns, stitch, and finally quilt into thick, luxurious, warm rugs. Sat and Sunday only. Paula says she has lots of new items! 

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Susie Miller | Textiles, Jewelry, Art
Nov
13
to Nov 15

Susie Miller | Textiles, Jewelry, Art

Dear Friends,

It's almost November, the days are shorter and darker, and it's time to mark your calendars for another colorful show and sale by Ethnic Connections at China Woods. The dates will be Friday, November 13, 5-7 PM, Saturday, November 14, 11-5, and Sunday, November 15, 11-5. The address is 716 North Dickens, Missoula, on the corner of (Toole?) and Dickens.
One never knows what will grab ones heart and sensibilities in a new and different country. Traveling in Malawi, southern Africa, for a month in the spring of 2015 to join my husband Elon Gilbert who was working there, I was an open blank book. 

Elon’s work with the International Potato Center gave us a context that included farmers, rural villages, and orange-fleshed sweet potatoes! One of the goals of the project Elon was heading up was to encourage the planting of these beta-carotene rich tubers that could be planted among the maize crops that were withering due to an extensive, severe drought. Both the green leaves of the vines and the tubers themselves create many possibilities for food, including steamed greens, breads, cookies, French fries, chips, several kinds of liquor, soups, porridge, and on and on. His work led to the chance for us to visit rural areas and agricultural test plots and fairs, not as tourists, but as a fellow farmers, cooks, and human beings. All the while my eyes and ears were alive with curiosity.

We learned that many Malawians are very poor, hard working and friendly. There was warmth of heart where ever we went. The women were especially hard working, in the fields of sweet potato vines, along the roads and in the mountains carrying heavy loads, in the family compounds with their babies and children and gardens to care for, and in the larger villages and cities. I fell in love with the generosity and warmth and friendliness of the Malawian people, and their cloth.

 I loved the “chitenjes”, which are sarong-like wraps worn by almost all Malawian women. They also use them as headscarves and to strap their babies to their backs.  So the women and babies form a swaying symphony of colorful cotton cloth, in thousands of different bold designs. Later in Tanzania on another job, Elon discovered similar sarongs that are called “kangas”, and he brought some home to share at my annual show and sale at China Woods in Missoula. These are made with the same wax-resist process as the “chitenjes” in Malawi. 

Please come and share in the joyful, sometimes wild and wonderful visual feast of African cloth, baskets and jewelry brought back from this recent trip. There will be our old favorites as well, including embroideries and block print cloth from India, silk saris, folk paintings from India, terra cotta, natural dyed Indonesian ikat, African carvings, jewelry, Kuba cloth from the Congo, and much more. It is always a joy to see each of you at least once a year. Welcome!

Susie Miller, Ethnic Connections, Susan Gilmore and David Anderson, China Woods

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Handmade Felt Crafts from Kyrgyzstan
Nov
29
to Nov 30

Handmade Felt Crafts from Kyrgyzstan

Handmade Felt Crafts from Kyrgyzstan.

Special event sale of Paula Goldman's handmade felted crafts from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Paula employs women in Kyrgyzstan who make felted wool carpets, pillows, hats, slippers, handbags, saddle blankets, wall hangings, Christmas ornaments and stockings, belts and scarves. For centuries the tribal women have been making shirdaks, hand-felted carpets used to line the yurt for warmth and decoration. These carpets are made from morino sheep wool which they felt, color with dyes, cut in ornate patterns, stitch, and finally quilt into thick, luxurious, warm rugs. Sat and Sunday only. Paula says she has lots of new items! Nov 29 and 30, 11-5 pm.

 

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Nov
4
10:00am10:00am

Return to Zanskar

Join us on Sunday, November 9, from 3-5 pm! 

In June of 2014, Valerie Hellerman of TCEF led a group of seven Montanans on a service trip to remote Zanskar in Northern India. Zanskar is home to the last intact traditional Tibetan culture. This Sunday, Valerie will show slides of the trip and report on the next steps of the project for TCEF. While this is not strictly a fundraiser, I'm sure Valerie would appreciate a little help in defraying costs.

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VJ Supera bead, jewelry & textiles
Oct
11
11:00am11:00am

VJ Supera bead, jewelry & textiles

VJ Supera, traveler and artist, is bringing her amazing collection to China Woods on October 11.  She has  things that can no longer be had even if you went to Asia. Plus, she's a total live wire, and loves to share and talk about her work and travels. 
She'll have gold, silver, ruby and sapphire jewelry, textiles from India and Uzbekistan, beads from Afghanistan and the Indus valley, silver and stone beads from Morocco, plus her famous handmade 'Lucky Money Altars', which are guaranteed to work.
VJ has been travelling all her life, and her collection includes museum-quality items that are impossible to find in Asia anymore. Plus, you'll be able to make your own custom piece from her fabulous components on the spot!  VJ has new things for 2014 -- robes, skrits, bengali quilts, and lots more stuff!


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Zither Performance
Sep
27
3:00pm 3:00pm

Zither Performance

Free Performance on Saturday, September 27, at 3 pm

 

We are pleased to host a performance by Hua Jin playing the Chinese Zither. Hua Jin is the Mandarin Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute at the University of Montana, and an accomplished player of the zither.

The Chinese Zither, commonly called the Zheng, is a traditional Chinese stringed instrument usually made of phoenix tree wood.  The modern Zheng has 21 strings and movable bridges.  For Western ears, the Zheng is similar to a harp.  Compositions for the Zheng bear similarity to baroque music, Celtic music, and bluegrass.

By using a rhythmic breath it can produce a very graceful and beautiful melody, which is physically and psychologically helpful to the old and, in turn, has the function of prolonging life.

Masterpieces include Songs of Fishing Boats at DuskHigh Mountains Flowing Water, and Autumn Moon Over the Han PalaceThe Zheng has found its way into contemporary music. Here is Michelle Kwan covering the Guns 'N Roses songSweet Child of Mine, and the Daft Punk song, Derezzed.  

Mei Wei is perhaps the most well know Zheng player in the West. Her Vancouver string quarter, Red Chamber, is considered to be one of the greatest string ensembles in the world. Mei Wei has several videos available on her website.

We hope you will join us and give a warm Montana welcome to Hua Jin!

Coming up is a tribal jewelry and textile show with VJ Supera on October 11, and our annual Kyrgyzstan felt show on Thanksgiving weekend. 
Still to be announced are a fashion show with Olive & Iron, a much anticipated repeat of our All Star Artists' Show, and a show and sale of Susie Miller's textiles. Keep informed of upcoming events.

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Journey to Zanskar
May
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Journey to Zanskar

We're having a party!

Zanskar is the highest inhabited region on earth.  High in the mountains in the northwest corner of India, Zanskar is a small island of Tibetan Buddhism (population less than 14,000) surrounded by a sea of Hinduism and Islam. 50 percent of the children die before reaching age five, and most of the residents are illiterate.  

Valerie Hellerman of the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation is  leading a team to Zanskar to teach basic public health, first aid, and do health care assessments.  We are hosting an Indo-Tibetan dinner presentation to benefit this volunteer project at China Woods on May 18 at 6 pm. Proceeds wil purchase medical and education supplies.

A $25 donation is suggested. Please call 439-3580 for reservations. 

Can't make it? Please consider donating at the fundraising page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/journey-to-zanskar-a-servicetrip#home

All donations are tax deductible.

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fashion show with olive + iron
Apr
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

fashion show with olive + iron

 China Woods Home and Garden is hosting a fashion show to kick off spring. All clothes and styling will be done by Olive + Iron clothing boutique. Clothing options for men and women of all ages. Join us for a fun, casual show and browse amazing imported furniture and ideas to freshen up your wardrobe. Refreshments will be served. 6 pm, April 17, at China Woods!  Mandy and Prairie from olive + iron will have their great vibe plus clothes, models, and merriment. Fun for the fashionista, the asianista, and the humanista! This event is kindly sponsored by Costco!

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Nov
9
to Nov 10

Susie Miller's Village Art Sale

We've been having a special event with Susie Miller for several years.
With her learned eye, Suzie has been collecting textiles and tribal ornamentation from India, Laos, Bangladesh & Africa for many years. This is always a don't miss show. Susie had new items from Rajasthan & Odisha in India, Costa Rica, and Mozambique.
Here are a few pics.

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