Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri, 11am-7:30pm; Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm; Jul-Aug: Mon-Fri, 11am-7:30pm; Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, closed
1 at 66th St.-Lincoln Center
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This tiny retail version of a Silk Road tour sells jewelry, clothing, bags, and trinkets from the Far East and beyond. What unites store-owner Shozo Miyahara’s assortment of wearable goods and conversation pieces—which literally fill the shelves from floor to ceiling—is that nearly all of it is vibrantly colored and at least has the look of being handmade: Colorful, all-cotton Nepalese backbacks and shoulder bags hang from one wall; a Nigerian sword, West African beads, and whimsical coin purses are displayed in a nearby case. Gauzy dresses and blouses from India, silver necklaces from Pakistan, alpaca winter gear from Bolivia, and adorable patchwork and crotched hats might have more practical uses but coptic crosses from Ethiopia and Bhutanese papier-mâché masks invoke ideas of exotically-themed dinner parties. The store also carries Tibetan incense and lacquered and mother-of-pearl inlaid boxes (the better to set that globally hip mood) as well as paper goods that would cost at least triple the price at Kate's: tea leaf-paper notebooks, rice-paper pads, and journals bound in cornhusks.