For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to all things foreign and exotic. This fascination started when I was a kid, when our Episcopal church in New Jersey had a retired Bishop from India come to take over our parish. I remember being completely taken with the Bishop and his family, especially his lovely wife, Shala. A professor at a nearby university, her sari’s, beautiful smile and pretty accent made a huge impact on me at an impressionable age. Combine this with the Beatles traveling to Rishikesh to study with the Maharishi, and Sajid Khan starring in the TV series Maya – (does anyone else remember that show???) – and I was completely captivated by India. Ever since, I have had a very strong desire to travel and intense curiosity about other cultures that has continued right up to this day.
Walking into Yali in Stonington Borough pushes all of my “wanderlust” buttons. Their merchandise mix is an imaginative fusion of goods from India, Morocco and, most notably, Turkey.
Specializing in pestemals & foutas (the big, beautiful multi-use towels originally used in Turkish baths), Yali adds Ottoman tiles, Itznik floral platters, Turkish coffee sets and Nazar evil eye amulets. Mixed into this assortment are Indian block print kurtas, Moroccan tagines, Silk Road ikat print pillows, jackets and more. I get the same sense of excitement entering Yali as I did years ago, visiting the markets and bazaars in Egypt and Israel with friends who were teaching English there. So many beautiful and unusual things – a visual feast!
Traditional, artisan and handmade goods give us insight into a country’s culture and Yali brings these elements together in a captivating blend of color, texture and pattern. Don’t miss shopping their unique collection – it’s definitely worth the trip!
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm
125 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378
Parking can be found along Water Street and also in the public lot off of Church Street.