While most pottery shops tend to sell ornamental vases, the ECI Art Gallery offers beautiful pottery which is practical and makes your home more beautiful.
The shop is not far from the Forbidden City. It offers a selection of pottery pencil & flower vases and ashtrays. The strangely wonderful designs of their products really drew me in.
There I saw a Great Wall shaped pencil vase, with the famous Chairman Mao saying: He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man. The design is great yet practical. And it only costs RMB 80.
I personally like the stone-shape vase, carved by an old Chinese slangs, which roughly translates to ¡®Be sure to remain ignorant when the situation calls for it¡¯. So I bought the vase for RMB 90 with a 10% off.
Also there are a selection of yak-bone rings, turquoise-studded bracelets, and colorful clothing from Tibet and Nepal. Prices vary, from RMB 30 for a string of rosary to several hundred RMBs for a Nepalese Saari.
The manager is Mr. Kang, who speaks a little English
Gazang Drolma carries Tibetan accessories and Nepal apparel and scarves. All their articles are handmade, in a very local style. The owner, a talented interior designer, shows a discerning taste in his product selection. Most of the apparel is made of flax on which elegant patterns are knitted. Clothes and accessories blend successfully traditional and modern styles. They are sourced from remote villages, and have unique characteristics.
The shop has already been the subjet of media reports. It serves many repeat customers. A German client even offered the owner to co-operate to open a branch in Germany. Both are actively working on the project today.
Prices for apparel range from RMB 50 to RMB 300.
What I appreciated: Wild, local flavor
What customers appreciate: Good quality, distinct design