You will receive your jewelry in a handmade, smoked bamboo basket woven by master weavers from the village of Phonxong in Laos. Earrings will come in an unsmoked square basket and the silk will come in tube baskets that are unsmoked bamboo too. Phonxong has long been renowned in Laos as the premier weaving village producing prized baskets for rice, fish, decoration and everyday uses. The village is surrounded by a rich forest of bamboo and the local people follow age old practices for keeping the forest healthy and alive as a renewable resource.
Villagers are only allowed to cut bamboo once a week and only those stalks that are 2 years old. They peel the outer skin of the bamboo for these baskets and once woven, smoke them to give the bamboo that rich brown color. You also receive the scent of South East Asia with these smoked jewelry baskets at no extra charge. The smoking is done with coconut husks, a scent that floats in the breeze every evening from kitchen grills throughout the region.
Inside the basket each piece of jewelry or silk will be enclosed in an organza bag. These baskets are a thing of beauty and really don’t need any gift wrapping.
To ensure the safety of your order, we package your purchase in a UPS cardboard box with the return address: “Orijyn Customer Order Fulfillment Center.” The package will be shipped from San Francisco, CA.