Before you shop, let’s make sure you’re safe.
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. is reopening June 16 with hundreds of examples of authentic Cherokee arts and crafts––and a few extra safety precautions for you. Protective masks (not the authentic Cherokee ones we sell!) will be required of all our shoppers. You will also find hand sanitizer stations at our entrances and checkout areas, along with protective plexiglass at the registers. While you’re walking through the store, marveling at all the craftsmanship and wondering how much you can reasonably carry to your car, please remember to use social distancing. There will be posters and signage to remind you throughout the store, and be assured the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. staff will be sanitizing daily. Yes, things will look and feel a little different. But for those who love to shop and who love Cherokee arts and crafts, a fun afternoon still awaits!
Welcome to Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.
It all begins with a basket. As you turn it over in your hands, a kind voice mentions it was made from hundreds of strands of river cane. Each strand was cut, scraped, and worked with while damp––a Cherokee technique thousands of years old. The Cherokee salesperson smiles. You note the tag with the artist’s name, which leads to the artist’s story. And that leads to the Bird Clan mask carved in buckeye. And the etched pottery made from local clay.
Part shopping experience, part gallery dedicated to the preservation of Cherokee’s craftsmanship and skill, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. promotes the work of over 350 Cherokee artisan members. Since 1946, Cherokee’s artistry has been evident on every shelf and in every display.
Store hours, directions, and more.
Season: Special reopening June 16! Otherwise, open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Hours: Please note the new store hours of 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. until further notice!
Location: 645 Tsali Blvd. (across the street from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian)
Admission: Showroom and gallery are FREE and open to the public during business hours.