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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

Language in Tajikistan

Salom, everyone. Last week's Feedback Friday survey included a question about which languages are spoken in Tajikistan. Most people knew that Tajik (or "Tajiki" as they say in Tajik) and Russian were the principal languages used in Tajikistan. Russian was the lingua franca and official government language during Soviet times. After independence (1991), Tajik became the official national language. In [...]

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Beyond Tourism|0 Comments

Suzani: Zerafshan to HoonArts, Part 1-Creating the Design

Suzani: Zerafshan to HoonArts, Part 1: Creating the Design Hello. My name is Rikki Quintana and I am the founder of HoonArts Fair Trade. I'm often asked how do we get our products here to the U.S. from Tajikistan, which is landlocked in the middle of Central Asia. I thought the easiest way to explain that would be [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Beyond Tourism|0 Comments

Fair Trade Catch 22: Fair Trade is Not “Handmade”

When I started HoonArts back in late 2014, I knew I didn’t know much of anything about retail, marketing or handicrafts. In fact, I dropped out of Girl Scouts at a young age because I hated selling Girl Scout cookies, and I gave up band in high school because I didn’t want to sell any more [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Fair Trade Caravan|0 Comments

Ikat: Fair Trade Authenticity or Commercial Fad?

Many of our textile products at HoonArts include authentic ikat fabrics from Uzbekistan in Central Asia. If you do a Google search, you fill find that “ikat” is a very trendy item. Not long ago, I saw a full page advertising spread in Travel and Leisure which was promoting all things “ikat,” with a [...]

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Beyond Tourism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Suzani and Ikat Pillows (Fair Trade)

Traditionally Suzani refers to a wall-sized tapestry, but Americans don’t typically decorate their walls with small size tapestries so what they’ve done is they've taken the technique and created modern products to appeal to modern buyers. Suzani comes from the Persian word suzan which means needle. Suzani refers to the large wall hangings and it also refers to [...]

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Beyond Tourism|0 Comments

Product Selection: Market Feedback When There is No Market

I'm often asked how we choose products at HoonArts, especially since most of our products come from Tajikistan and have no established market and traditional "market research" is impossible. That is one of the great challenges of starting a new Fair Trade import business.  I selected the original products based upon photographs, gifts brought from Tajikistan, input from friends and colleagues, [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Categories: Fair Trade Caravan|Tags: , |0 Comments