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: Open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.