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Stories of travel and of people told through the objects they create.

Each month a new destination is brought to life through immersive storytelling in the form of short films, interviews and photos that share stories of culture through the mastery of creators and cultivators around the world.

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THE OBJECTS
BAN BAT BUDDHIST MONK BOWLS

These Buddhist alms bowls were made by hand in the village of Ban Bat located in the old city center of Bangkok. S+O presents two types of artisan crafted bowls representing the bowls commonly used by both sects of Thai Buddhist monks. Forged by hand, the Maha black lacquered bowl is seven inches in diameter at the rim while the Dhammayut stainless steel bowl is nine inches in diameter at the rim. Each bowl is paired with a wooden base for display. Starting at $225.

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THE OBJECTS
Buldan peshtemals

These cotton peshtemals were woven by father and son, Turgut and Ahmet Efeoğlu, in the town of Buldan for Stories + Objects. Traditionally used in the Turkish bath, these lightweight towels are also perfect for the beach and poolside.

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The Objects
Taha'a Vanilla Beans

These vanilla beans were farmed in the Vanilla Isle of Taha'a where nearly eighty percent

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THE STORIES
AN ANCIENT TANNERY

Mohammed Abdullatif is a master tanner from the venerable city of Fès, Morocco. Abdullatif is a senior member of the tanning trade that has flourished in the city since the ninth century when the sultanate was founded.

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TRAVEL NOTES
BANGKOK, THAILAND

Bangkok, the seemingly endless metropolis of over eight million inhabitants, is a thoroughly modern city whose charm is best found on foot and by wandering through the narrow residential alleyways of the older districts, including Ban Bat in the old city's temple supply neighborhood. Often behind closed gates or tall walls, the hidden gems that we uncovered would have been nearly impossible to find without our indispensable guide, Kob, who serves as a local expert working closely with our friends at Indagare Travel.

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Travel Notes
BULDAN, TURKEY

The Denizli province, including the village of Buldan, is deeply rooted in Turkey's rich textile cultural legacy with quality cotton grown in the area for the expert weavers to craft their wares, including peshtemal towels which originate from the region. The abundant mineral springs throughout the area allowed it to develop as a prominent spa destination from Roman times until today. The relics and ruins of these settlements set within the otherworldly landscapes, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site Pamukkale, are associated with these healing waters, and can still be enjoyed by travelers in the here and now.

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Taha'a, The Society Islands

Taha’a, known as the Vanilla isle, is a small island in the Society Islands chain of French Polynesia. Accessible only by boat from nearby Raiatea, it sways to the rhythms of the laid-back Tahitian lifestyle with one of the most desirable of all the island resorts just off-shore.

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the objects
leather tote

Handmade in the Moroccan city of Fès by leather artisans following exacting methods passed down from generations.

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fakarava, the tuamotu atolls

Fakarava is the second largest atoll in the Tuamotu Atolls of French Polynesia. The atoll has received the UNESCO biosphere reserve designation for its pristine waters and flourishing aquatic life.

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THE STORIES
A BLACK PEARL

Hugo Dariel is a second generation pearl cultivator on the Tuamotu Atoll of Fakarava in the French Polynesia. The culture of pearling made its way to the atolls just over thirty years ago, with Hugo's parents serving as the pioneers on Fakarava.

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Euskal Herria

The Basque Country, known as Euskal Herria in the Basque language Euskara, is one of the most stunning regions of Europe

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the stories
the noble cacao

Mathieu Brees is a chocolatero, or chocolate maker, living on the Peninsula de Yucatán, Mexico. Brees, originally from Belgium, fell in love with chocolate at an early age, and wanted to explore the Central American, Mayan roots of the beloved confection.

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fakarava pearl necklace

This pearl necklace features a singular large cultured pearl sourced from the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Fakarava, by a family of pearl farmers using the traditional cultivation techniques introduced to the islands in the Sixties.

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A Basque Atelier

Jean-Jacques Houyou is an artisan fabricant, or craftsman, making shoes in the French Basque Country. Just over five years ago, he made the decision to focus the twenty-six year old atelier solely on the making of traditional espadrilles.

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YUCATÁN PENINSULA

The Peninsula de Yucatán of Mexico is known mostly for the white sands and turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya, and the archeological marvels of the Ancient Mayan world.

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the objects
mayan cacao bar

The Mayan Cacao Bar was created by ki’ Xocolatl founder Mathieu Brees using ingredients from the Tikul plantation on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

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