*DISCLAIMER: Any opinions stated are strictly my own. I have not received compensation to help facilitate my review. All photos used in this post are courtesy of Carol Schoffmann of Badawang Art.*
In Carol’s words: In 1989, I was given a chance to travel to Bali, Indonesia with my mother, who was a world traveler already. Being a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and a practicing artist at the time, my mother thought I would be of some help in buying art with her. That trip changed my life. It sparked my already lifelong interest in Far Eastern and African cultures, their arts and traditions. Following this initial trip, I began traveling by myself several times a year to research, collect, design and import treasures from the Far East. I founded Badawang Art two years later, in 1991 in Cleveland, Ohio. My travels have taken me back repeatedly to Indonesia, Nepal and Thailand primarily, but also include travel to Tibet, Bhutan, Cambodia,Turkey, Singapore and recently to Ethiopia. I moved the store to New Jersey in 2004.
I love anything that is extra-ordinary. I love art and I love rituals. I want my surroundings and belongings to be aesthetically pleasing. Even as a young child I was a collector and had a very discerning eye. These passions helped me form the basis for the standards I keep in mind when buying for Badawang Art. Ultimately, the artifacts and wearables must have one or more of these qualifications: Exotic, Sophisticated and Elegant. These treasures speak of old and new traditions, rituals and stories. I want to celebrate these stories and traditions through our product lines. I want you to be able to surround yourself with beauty and art. Even the most functional item can be unusual. Be it wearable, decorative or functional, I try to add something wonderful, inspirational and different to your lifestyle.
– Carol Schoffmann, Owner and Curator, Badawang Art
My take: Carol works six days a week to bring the very best to her store and clients and she will create a personalized shopping experience for you once you enter her store. If you aren’t in NJ, Carol has an extensive product list on her website and offers free shipping for orders $20 and over! Carol is continually adding new items to her website, so check back often.
Carol is offering 3 Boys and a Dog readers the chance to win a Block Printed Chiffon Scarf. This long and flowing viscose chiffon scarf is fair trade and handmade in India. The first chosen winner will have a choice between either Peach/Mango color or Blue/Green!
Enter below and good luck!