dZi is the Tibetan word for the famous Tibetan "eye-beads" which are considered a
powerful charm and vessel of great secrets to be revealed in the future.
dZi is committed to creating innovative trans-cultural experiences. They strive to inspire and educate with high quality goods and services by connecting artisans and consumers through the sale of fair and ethically traded products.
In 1987, "The Planning Council" was created by the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, based in northern India, with the goal of identifying and promoting the sale of Tibetan handcrafts and garments in the U.S. In 1989, the Planning Council engaged a group of supportive Americans to promote this new program under the banner of "The Tibetan Handcraft Development Project." The primary objective was to bring increased economic opportunity to Tibetan artisans in India by selling their products to American consumers while also educating customers about the culture of Tibet. In 1990, a small group of American investors transformed the Washington office into "dZi - The Tibet Collection," a for-profit company incorporated with the express purpose of providing a direct link between Tibetan artisans in India and the U.S. market. " A new training and design development program was introduced to increase basic skills and to begin to create new and more marketable designs and in 1991 dZi began to actively market a new generation of Tibetan-made products under the name "dZi"- Tibet Collection. By 1997, dZi had begun to design and import new items from Nepal.
The Cottage is proud to present creative designs and fine workmanship from Nepal with the Wild Woolie Birdhouse Collection. Each birdhouse is handcrafted using only sustainable materials – hemp, bamboo and wool, which has been felted from local sheep. The birdhouses introduce an element of whimsy and delight into your garden or sunroom – even a child’s bedroom! – while at the same time providing a safe haven for your backyard birds.