Find Your Summer Lifestyle at Pearl River

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Covered with an authentic sense of traditional Asian lifestyles, Pearl River has almost everything one would need to add an Asian flavor to Summer.

The first thing that catches your attention are the umbrellas; hanging high up and expressing their very unique designs, crafted from all natural ingredients. The umbrella’s bamboo and natural papers deliver the varied and beautiful messages of Japanese, Thai or Vietnamese cultural stories with its crafting and colorful painting. No matter if it’s sunny or rainy out there, being under one of these umbrellas is like being under a beautifully constructed rooftop. The quality of the handmade bamboo umbrellas that you find at Pearl River are definitely worth collecting, but also a very usable accessory on a summer day.

Summer typically relates to the outdoors, beach, bikinis, and slippers. Yes, slippers. Made of woods and straws, and pursuing convenience and comfort during the hot weather, slippers are loved and obsessed by people of all ages. You’ll find a variety of options for the slippers; from straw-made and old school designed, to wooden made Japanese style clogs. All shapes, sizes and styles can be found at Pearl River.

Hand fans are another necessary item during every summer, or hot weather. In fact, the use of a fan actually indicates an unspoken language for ladies around the world. Would you ever guess that if a lady fans herself with her left hand and stares at her partner, it means “don’t you dare flirt with another woman?” Or when a woman opens and closes the folding fan very quickly it actually indicates “you are mean.” Pearl River has a variety of hand fans that could quite possibly fan your heat away this summer. They offer everyone an opportunity to realize the beauty of the traditional hand fan arts of Asia. At Pearl River, you’ll find the typical straw-made hand fans, feather fans used by famous war tacticians, silk fans with traditional painted artwork, and even traditional Kung-Fu silk fans used for martial arts performances.

There are plenty of summer fun items you can find at Pearl River too. The straw mats and handmade kites from South East Asia are compulsory items for summer. If the beach is your destination, these 100% handmade, high quality and sustainable straw mats from Cambodia emphasize both extraordinary sewing skills and aesthetic artwork. The straw mats are perfect for picnic and beach activity; with no fear of getting them dirty or wet. These straw mats, with their decorative colors, would creatively paint the plain white beach with an assortment of colors and designs.

While kites are one of the most favorite games in Asian countries, they are the perfect toy for a clear blue sky on a summer day. At Pearl River, the handmade and hand painted kites from South East Asia are definitely ideal for gifts or an attention grabber in a wide open summer sky. If you’ve ever wondered how to boost your Summer barbeque with excitement and make it special, here are some awesome ideas. The traditional Asian decorative lanterns lights, made of paper and painted with authentic artworks and colors, are the ideal outdoor decoration during the summer. Enhance your outdoor environment with dimly-lit yellow lights and give your guests a reason to linger a few moments longer and enjoy your summer gathering. Small accessories like creative ice cube trays with plenty of fun cube shape designs, beer bands that help prevent guests from taking the wrong bottle, and funky beer cups and unusual beer bottle openers, are all available at Pearl River and promise to make your party a blast!

Pearl River Mart is located at 477 Broadway, SOHO area between Grand St. and Broome St., NYC. Tel: 212-431-4770 Store Hours: 10 AM to 7:20 PM, including weekends and Holidays.

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