Boruca Tribe — Photo courtesy of Galería NamuOne can easily visit Galería Namu's online shop, but their brick and mortar gallery in San José, just a few steps away from the Jade Museum, is not to be missed. Chock-full of some of the best art of Central America, Galería Namu has something special on every shelf.
At Galería Namu, all items are handmade by talented artists, and fairly traded, which means that each purchase directly supports indigenous artists and encourages them to continue creating. Within a cozy space, the gallery offers a wide variety of tribal art collectibles and hand- crafted items such as masks, tagua (intricately carved vegetable ivory), pre-Columbian pottery, woven baskets and paintings.
Rainforest animals made by Brunka artists — Photo courtesy of Galería Namu
Museum-quality goods are available at affordable prices making Galería Namu an ideal site for souvenir shopping, home decor and special occasion gifts. For those interested in the origin of the art, Galería Namu offers eco-indigenous tours, an unprecedented in-depth look at some of the lesser known tribes of Costa Rica and their diverse talents.