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Images of Asia was
set up out of a love for things Asian, and whilst specialising in
modern Burmese arts and handicrafts, predominantly lacquerware,
tableware and homeware, we will also showcase antique Burmese Buddha
images and other antique Buddhas as we acquire them. Similarly with
antique Burmese lacquerware and other individual antique pieces,
as well as high-quality Vietnamese lacquerware, and certain high-quality
Thai products, such as the stunning candles recently introduced
to our range of products.
We are constantly adding extra lines
to our catalogue. One of our most popular is the section featuring
paintings - oils, watercolours, and occasionally acrylics - from
top-class artists in Burma. We have held exhibitions of the artists'
works, and some of this art is now available in Europe. Please contact
us for details on firstname.lastname@example.org
We have an extensive range of garden
statuary in our collection, hand-carved by master craftsmen in Burma
and Thailand in top-quality sandstone or marble. Most of these pieces
are based on statues and panels from ancient temples in Asia, notably
Angkor Wat, Bagan, and Borobodur; but individual commissions are
also accepted. These pieces, crafted from natural stone using the
same techniques as the originals on which they are modelled, are
truly the antiques of the future.
The section specialising in Thai
mangowood products, mainly small homeware and giftware items, but
also lamps, has proven very popular. Mangowood is sustainable and
eco-friendly and our stocks come from one factory who buy from privately-owned
Our latest addition is a section
dedicated to Asian puppets and marionettes - currently Taiwanese,
Vietnamese, Burmese, and Indonesian. Most Asian countries have a
long history of puppetry, which has evolved for very different reasons,
and in many different forms. We have started each section with a
brief history of the art in that country, and have a wide selection
of puppets for sale.
The founder has travelled extensively
in South-East Asia, particularly in Burma, and has collected many
antiques, and commissioned many modern pieces during her travels.
The functionality and appeal of Burmese lacquerware in particular
has become her passion. Partly due to the relative inaccessibility
of some lacquer centres in Burma, as well as to Burma's isolation
to the rest of the world, the art is in danger of dying out in the
more remote areas. It has only survived thus far because the local
population still use it in their everyday lives. It is in these
areas that we concentrate our trade. Neither the demand nor the
rewards are currently proving to be sufficient lure for the younger
generation to become apprentices to the master craftsmen and learn
this most skilful craft, except to a small extent in Bagan. It would
be a great shame to see the skills die out, and at Images
of Asia it is our wish to help keep them alive.
On a slightly more political note,
we emphasise that none of the workshops we deal with in Burma are
government-owned. They are all private, and the money earned there
goes to the people, not into the coffers of the military junta.