National Geographic recently launched ‘The Road Less Traveled’, an online shopping destination featuring an ‘Explorer-curated Collection’ of handcrafted jewelry, accessories, textiles and home decor inspired by the travels of anthropologist, filmmaker and National Geographic explorer Elizabeth Kapu‘uwailani Lindsey. The limited-edition collection reflects the rich cultures, traditions, colors and landscapes that Lindsey encountered on her recent visits to India, Thailand and Bali, and represents National Geographic’s first ever explorer-curated collection.
The collection includes elegant home goods, carefully selected pillows, ottomans, blankets, decor, and jewelry and scarves that are made using ancient techniques, combining fine craftsmanship with contemporary design aesthetic. Each piece from the Shop the Road Less Traveled National Geographic line offers consumers an opportunity to experience another part of the world and appreciate the work of its talented craftspeople. Available only through the online boutique, colorful goods crafted by artisans using traditional techniques and featuring modern touches.
From Jaipur, known for its centuries-old tradition of jewelry making, Gold and Red-Orange Onyx Jaipur Sunshine Earrings, which mimic the natural and architectural landscape of the city; and the Jaipur Amazonite Necklace, harkens back to the jewels of the Mughal Empire. Items purchased from the boutique help support these local artisans as well as National Geographic’s work of exploration, research, conservation and cultural preservation. The collection centers on three themes: ‘Jewel Tones’, which features handcrafted items in shades from teal to indigo; ‘Neutral Luxe’, which showcases texture, with a selection of handcrafted items in wood, leather, wool and stone; and ‘Royal Accents’, which emphasizes scarves, pillows and bedding in vibrant color.
Handcrafted from soft, richly hued material, women in rural Bengal, India, transform fabric from old saris into soft quilts using a simple running stitch, called kantha, creating colorful, one-of-a-kind Vintage Kantha Pillows and Bedding. No two handmade kanthas are alike. “We journey to discover rich landscapes, beautiful works of art, enchanting cultures and centuries-old crafts that uphold these cultures. Recently I had such an experience as I traveled for three months in Southeast Asia. This collection is inspired by the spirit and beauty of these lands and their cultures,” said Lindsey, whose travels and work focus on the conservation of vanishing indigenous knowledge and tradition. Each piece from the Shop the Road Less Traveled line offers consumers an opportunity to experience another part of the world and appreciate the work of its talented craftspeople.
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Elizabeth Kapu‘uwailani Lindsey was the National Geographic Society’s first female Fellow. A Polynesian explorer and a descendant of Hawaiian chiefs, English seafarers and Chinese merchants, Lindsey has dedicated her life to conserving the vanishing cultures of indigenous people, their knowledge and traditions. She is an award-winning filmmaker and anthropologist and is based in Hawaii and San Francisco.