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Ma'Asia shop in Jaffa is full of interesting, natural, handmade pieces

I set out for inspiration the other day; I wandered into Jaffa, my favorite place to be inspired. I was strolling around the flea market area and  I went into a shop called Ma’Asiya (Ma’Asiya in Hebrew means “makers” ). The store’s owner is Puaa Ladizinsky, she’s filled the store with beautiful, natural and handmade pieces from around the world. As I looked at all the interesting clothes, scarves, toys and curiosities in the shop, the shop keeper asked me if I wanted to hear the story of how the store came about. Oh! A friendly shop keeper-I was definitly  interested, so she proceeded to explain to me who the “makers” of the shop are. 

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Puaa and an artist of toy elephants

Pua works with special groups of people who make handmade, natural items; the special pieces are made by retarded adults, mentally exhausted people, refugees, single mothers, old Russian grandmothers, local artisans and others. Pua told me that “people are special” and I believe the store and the pieces inside are as well.

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Russian grandmothers knit wool dresses for Ma'Asiya

The shopkeeper continued with her story, in the corner is a rack of brightly colored jackets. These jackets are made from old pique blankets that were very popular here in Israel in the 1950’s. All the kindergartens used the blankets for nap time because they were cotton and light weight and most Israeli’s are familiar with the fabric; the blankets and now the jackets bring back fond memories for Israeli’s. The jackets are 2 layers thick and made in Israel.

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Pique jackets from 1950's blankets
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My favorite jacket!

I particularly liked that I could find unique things in the store from far away places; I love boutiques with one of a kind pieces and things I’ve never seen before. The pieces in the store are made from a wide array of natural materials such as cotton, bamboo fiber, hemp, goat’s hair, linen, felt and wool. And of course you can find treasures from the Jaffa, Shuk ha Pish Pisheem Fleamarket, in which the shop is located.

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Antique German tins
Re-purposed books-old books made into notebooks
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Flea market furniture add character to Ma'Asiya


Hemp bag to carry your veggies and groceries


Tiny "gnome-sized" knife from India


Decorations made from candy wrappers from India


Tibetan prayer tool, you spin the center piece with your finger to keep yourself humble before you pray.


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Decorative South African pods look like smooth pine cones.


Intricately, knitted flowers from Turkey are used as trim. Amazing!


Wonderfully fragrant soaps made by artist in Neve Tzedek, Israel


Purchases are presented to you in a re-purposed sheet bag



Rabi Yohanan 3 St. Flea Market-Jaffa TLV 68138