I waited four months for these hand-woven tatami chairs and poufs to arrive from China, and they were so worth the wait. I discovered this shop on Etsy and their story really spoke to me, so I wanted to share it here. It's a bit of history, cultural insights, and appreciation for artisan crafts. And above all else, it's the strength of women woven through centuries.
I discovered Xi'An Famous Foods (XFF) through an Asian creatives Facebook group I'm in and was immediately excited, because most westerners fail to realize how diverse Chinese food is. In most westerners' eyes, Chinese food is orange chicken and fried rice. I think there's also the misconception that rice is a staple across all Chinese foods. But actually, in northern China, where wheat is the abundant crop, noodles and breads are the staple. What was more exciting is XFF's meal kits. Since XFF is based in New York, being able to order their famous Biang Biang Mien (ripped noodles) and rip the noodles myself for fresh biang biang mien seemed like the perfect Christmas gift for my parents...especially my dad. So, let me tell you about our spicy Christmas meal...
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix that I want to recommend to you. Found is about three adopted American teenager girls who discover they are cousins after taking a DNA test. They were each adopted from China, by different white American families, and getting to know each other inspires them to journey to China together to learn about their earliest days, meet the women who cared for them until they were adopted, and maybe even find their parents.
These handmade artisan Chinese cloth shoes, bù xié, are a 3,000 year old tradition. They're typically made of 100% natural fibres such as cotton, wool, hemp, silk, and linen. They are sturdy, lightweight, and comfortable. Intended for outdoor use, they also make great home slippers.