The Finest in Asian Art Imports
Hoping to inspire others
My father, Bill Talbot, came up with the concept of AsiaBarong Gallery over 35 years ago while he was working as a biologist in Australia and backpacking around Asia.
As a child, he always dreamed of creating and owning an amusement park, and once you take a walk around AsiaBarong Gallery, you will see that what he has created is not far off.
AsiaBarong Gallery is a mix between a museum – a place where you can spend a day wandering, learning, and teaching your children about cultures of the world – and a gallery filled with high quality ethnographic art, some of which is almost impossible to find anywhere else.
Nestled in the hills of Berkshire County, walking into our store feels as if you’ve entered a whole new world.
One of our main goals is and has always been to be a fair trade company who supports families in Asia. From the time of the inception of AsiaBarong Gallery, my father always liked the idea of bringing money from the first world to the developing world – giving it directly to artisan families in exchange for art.
Because we work directly with artisan families we are able to mutually set prices that allow these families to thrive, which means we have created connections that have lasted for decades and have gone far past business relationships.
Having maintained these relationships for so long, we are sometimes now buying from the children (and even some grandchildren!) of the artisans my father originally bought from when we started the business.
Not only do we help support families themselves, but because culture is expressed so heavily in art, we hope to help sustain the native cultures of these areas.
In bringing these cultural pieces to America, we hope to inspire others to become interested and invested in sustaining these traditional cultures as well.