Stepping Stones Books and Gifts offers an assortment of gift items from many countries. We have about 250 vendors from which we purchase products for the store. One of the vendors, Global Village Imports, is located in Sebastopol, California. We like to support this company for a number of reasons. They are local, their products are exquisite, and they purchase items from small family businesses.
The sarongs are imported from Bali. Most of the designs are created by batik, applying wax to the fabric which resists the dye. The dye is then removed to reveal the beautiful designs and colors. The sarongs can be worn in a variety of ways. Wrap as a skirt, top, headpiece, scarf, or shawl. They are not only the perfect beach wrap but they can also be used as tablecloths, wall hangings, or altar cloths.
The passport and shoulder bags are imported from Guatemala. The fabric and colors brightly represent the Guatemalan culture.
The statues and wall hangings are imported from Bali. The statues are hand carved and sold in the market stalls and the proceeds support the family business. These are some of the most elegant statues I have seen.
Stop in and have a look, I think you will be glad you did.