Cherokee Artists

In 1946 Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. was established by visionary Cherokee craftspeople and leaders who saw that Cherokee crafts – if preserved and promoted – could strengthen tribal values and provide livelihoods while offering unique beauty to the wider world.

Today, you will find authentic Cherokee handicrafts using techniques passed down from generation to generation. We welcome you to visit the nation’s oldest and foremost Native American cooperative and bring home one-of-a-kind  treasures.

Authentic Handicrafts

Qualla Arts member-artists create one-of-a-kind baskets, carvings, jewelry and other pieces using techniques passed down for generations.  Many of our artisans have national acclaim with publications and gallery showings including the Smithsonian and abroad.

Cherokee Elder potter

Creating art from nature is part of our Cherokee Indian heritage.

Handmade Carvings

The Cherokee’s love for wood carving was born out of necessity.  The Cherokee like many cultures carved wood for a variety of reasons, from items used in our homes to the creation of masks for our traditional dances.

Stone carvings in the past were often made by skilled artists using cutting edge technology.  Today most stone carvings are purely works of art to be enjoyed by looking at them and wearing them.

BASKETRY

Perhaps the best-known handicraft of the Cherokee are our river cane, white oak, and honeysuckle baskets. Traditionally, these baskets were boiled with black walnut or native bloodroot to produce darker colors, yet just as often they were left in the rich yellow hue of the natural cane.

Visit Cherokee Co-Op Store

We have the largest collection of authentic Native American Indian arts and crafts made locally by Qualla Arts & Crafts co-op members who are enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Plan a visit and browse over 3,000 handcrafted items in various styles and price ranges.

Tour inside with the video below.

Homemade Arts & Crafts

You’ll find quilts, fingerweaving, carvings, pottery, baskets and much more to purchase in our store.  All one-of-a-kind, authentic Native American handiwork. 

Handmade Jewelry

Our jewelry is painstakingly made by Native American artists and features beadwork, copper, silver, leather, feathers, and stones.

What Our Customers Have to Say

Randell Turner
November 14, 2023
Great store with some history. Lots of local craftsman merchandise.
Caren Stuart
November 1, 2023
This is a MUST VISIT! The staff is so welcoming and not only knowledgeable about ALL of the works for sale in the gallery and the artists who created them but also about the history of the historic art and craftworks on display and the details about how they've been created through the ages. The variety and exquisite craftsmanship of the works, the history of the creations and the creators, and the knowledgeable and welcoming staff make a visit to Qualla an EXPERIENCE that everyone should treat themselves to.
jay cooke
October 24, 2023
Well worth taking the time to visit for authentic Cherokee arts & crafts.
Vickie Lyon
October 23, 2023
This is such a beautiful place, filled with Native American crafts and a room filled with artifacts and writings. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful, ready to answer questions or help customers. KO
Ivey Lamos
October 18, 2023
Amazing spot if you're looking for authentic, one of a kind arts and crafts to purchase.