We support artisans who have a dedication to helping people from all over the world. This organization has a 12-point program to do just that. This program includes creating women-led livelihood programs that provide necessary business and life skills, growth opportunities for the women and their children, and ensuring a healthy and equal work environment. They provide a fair distribution of employment opportunities for these women as well.
Located in the Surya Nagar and Shahid Nagar communities of New Delhi, India, this special organization provides employment for people an area characterized by high rates of unemployment and slum dwellers, a high number of sweat shops that involve women and children, and a lack of affordable schools. They are doing what they can to make life better for people in these communities.
New Delhi is a cosmopolitan city due to the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural presence of the vast Indian bureaucracy and political system. The city’s capital status has amplified the importance of national events and holidays. National events such as Independence Day and Gandhi’s Birthday are celebrated with great enthusiasm in New Delhi and the rest of India. On India’s Independence day (August 15) the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from the Red Fort. Most Delhiites celebrate the day by flying kites, which is considered a symbol of freedom. Products from this organization include our
Triangle Edged Pillow, our Daisy Console, and our Vintage File Folder
Jose works in our repairs department, making sure each item is in tip-top shape! He is one of the most friendly people you will ever meet and always seems to be charming someone with the songs he sings.
Jose has three children (two boys and one girl) and one grandchild, Alex who is nine years old.
What is your job here?
What are your favorite things about working at Wisteria?
Repairing products and working with his coworkers.
What is one thing about you people probably don’t know?
He is a singer of Spanish, Christian music.
Listen to one of his songs, Que le Dare.
What is your favorite place to visit?
What is the one place in the world you’ve never been but would love to go?
What is your favorite Wisteria item?
German Silver Chest
How many/what languages do you speak?
English and Spanish
Craziest food ever eaten:
Favorite spot in my house:
In his garden, studying his Bible
My pet’s name is:
We’re inspired by cultures from all over the world, and in this case, we’ve drawn inspiration from Chinese culture. Wu Xing, a traditional Chinese way of describing various interactions and relationships has five phases (or elements as they’re called in feng shui design). Each phase is associated with several aspects of nature and life: seasons, climates, colors, emotions, creation, planets, fruits, sense, and many more. According to feng shui design, including pieces that represent each of these elements can make a room feel more balanced and pulled-together.
The Chinese associate wood with the color green. Think trees, the spring season, and sprouting plants. Our pieces are reminiscent of those lively aspects of nature: textured wood, twig-like details, and beautiful greens. Fire Fire is exactly what you’d envision: hot, the summer season, blooming plants, and creative energy. Vibrant colors and the flicker of candles are aspects of fire you can find in our
pieces. Earth For earth, think of the freshness of terracotta, the color yellow, ripening fruits, and the feeling of clarity. This element is the balance, the yin and the yang. Our pieces reflect that sense of finality, incorporating finishing-touch elements. Metal The element metal is represented in whites, a sense of intuition, and the season of autumn. Our metal pieces incorporate the sleekness and polished quality of this element. Water Water is the element of intuition and is represented by blacks, blues, and the subdued aspect of winter. Our pieces include mirrors, antiqued glass, and reflective surfaces.
Last year, some of us from Wisteria traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to witness the annual Day of the Dead and All Saints Day celebrations. The celebration takes place at the first of November, but everyone begins preparing for it months in advance. Even though the town had been intermingled with modern technology and American culture, we were surprised to see just how well they have maintained their strong sense of community and tradition. The Plaza Civica continues to be the center of daily life with the traditional environment of the surrounding markets, shops, and cafes. But the wrought iron benches, now occupied with laptop users of all ages, reveal how modern technology has been incorporated into this age-old society. Although much has stayed the same from the original Day of the Dead celebrations, some aspects of American Halloween have been incorporated into the festivities. But instead of children going from house to house collecting candy, everyone gathers in the plaza. It becomes a hub for all the families, with dressed-up children coming to the plaza to collect candy from all the parents, like one large family celebration. We’ve tried to capture some of these amazing aspects in our catalog. Unfortunately all the pictures we took from that trip were lost, but we created a few pieces inspired by that visit. We hope you enjoy!
A trip to the local farmers market is guaranteed to provide inspiration and the ingredients for fresh healthy dishes. We always feel so satisfied about purchasing produce straight from the hands that helped cultivate and harvest it. The fruits and vegetables are vibrant in color and rich in flavor, and we find the best recipes are ones that are simple and compliment the natural flavors. Summer is pretty much gone in most parts of the country, but since it’s still hot in Texas, we’ve been able to still enjoy recipes that call for berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and corn. These recipes are variations from ones found in a local food publication and one from a great blog about food and home.
Tomato and Corn Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette.
Ingredients: From the farmers market, gather tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and corn. Shallot Vinaigrette: Ingredients: 2 c. olive oil, 1/2 c. white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar, 2 shallots, minced, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, Salt and pepper to taste.
Directions: 1. Mix together all the dressing ingredients and store in a jar. 2. Roast corn and cut it length wise from the cob. 3. Slice thick sections of tomato and slice cherry tomatoes in half. 4. Drizzle with shallot vinaigrette and serve.
Black and Blue Lemonade
Ingredients: 6 cups water, 2 cups sugar, the juice and zest of 8 lemons, 1/2 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup blueberries.
Directions: 1. Heat 2 cups of water with sugar, until sugar dissolves. Continue to heat for 5 minutes or so until it starts to thicken up; do not let it brown. 2. Add the rest of the water, lemon zest, and juice, and mix to combine. 3. Remove and let cool to room temperature. 4. Put the blueberries and blackberries in a blender and puree. Add the puree mixture to the lemonade and strain. This will be a beautiful dark pink color. 5. Slice lemons for garnish and serve.