Rayela Art- Handmade in Kentucky

Paducah, Kentucky

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Note from shop owner I am currently hard at work developing Artizan Made, an online collective. I will get back to my shop here when things calm down. https://www.artizanmade.com/

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

I am currently hard at work developing Artizan Made, an online collective. I will get back to my shop here when things calm down. https://www.artizanmade.com/

Rachel Biel

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About rayela

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On Etsy since 2007

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Rayela Art: a passion for handmade!

I've worked with ethnic crafts since 1988 in a variety of retail capacties and as a technical assistant to artists and small importers. My main focus has been in how crafts can contribute to economic development and allow people to live and work in their communities doing what they love and receiving fair wages. I support fair trade, the use of recycled materials, and those who employ sustainable practices. I now focus on textiles and fiber art as the place where this discussion starts. These themes are at the core of my website and blog: www.rayela.com.

I sell vintage ethnic textiles, handmade supplies and things that I make in my shop here.

In 2010, I launched an organization called TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List, www.tafalist.com. (Currently in redevelopment.)

In January, 2014, I launched a second site, Artizan Made: www.artizanmade.com. This site is a collective of handmade shops from around the world and include studio artists, fair traders and ethical importers. Handmade vintage and supplies are also welcome. They are invited to join based on the quality and originality of their products.

Questions? Send me a convo and I'll happily answer. Thank you for your interest!

Shop members

  • Rachel Biel

    Owner, Maker, Buyer, Photographer, Shipper, Marketer, Creative Entrepreneur, Technical Assistance Provider

    I've been working with cultural crafts since 1988, now focusing primarily on textiles and fiber art. I sew, knit and run a collective of handmade shops, Artizan Made. www.artizanmade.com I've lived in Brazil, Chicago and Kentucky. www.rayela.com

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Welcome to Rayela Art! I sew, knit and make mixed media art. I also buy from small importers, fair trade organizations, and directly from the country of origin. I've been working with textiles from around the world since 1988. If there is something you would like me to carry, I can try to source it and include it in my offerings.

I work hard at providing good photos and descriptions but do accept returns for any reason. Buyer pays the return shipping unless there was damage done in shipping. Notify me of a return within three days of receipt and return the product within 7 days of receipt.

Thank you for supporting handmade! Rachel

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I accept returns on any purchase for any reason. I believe not seeing the item right in front of you is the downside of buying/selling online, so I am happy to take things back that do not fulfill your expectations. I have had very few returns over the years and I work hard on photos and descriptions in order to describe the item as best as possible.

Returns must be done within 3 days of item receipt. I refund the purchase, but not shipping.

Most of my items are textiles, so there is no real concern for damage during shipping. If an item is lost, we will follow the post office's tracking procedures (a long and harrowing process) and they issue the refund. Fortunately, this has been a rare happening in my experience. The post office will not initiate any tracking until after one month after the item was posted, so patience is required.
I prefer Pay Pal.
I ship world wide and offer free shipping on purchases in the US over $100. Multiple purchases are combined into one shipment.

Etsy has a system during the listing process where we have to estimate how much an item will cost in shipping if purchased with another item. This can be difficult given that I have a range of sizes and weights that could end up in a mix very different from the amount quoted. I refund the difference if it is over $.50 and often cover the expense if it's more than what was estimated, but every now and then, it might be too big of a difference. I can fit lots of the smaller items into a flat rate envelope, but on larger pieces, it would be best to ask about shipping if the total will be under $100.

International customers- I've had to revise this free shipping offer on heavier items- but I'll cover $10 per $100 spent on shipping.

Prices are quoted for USPS flat rate envelopes or priority mail, but I can ship snail mail if preferred. I use simple packaging, recycling when possible. I use Pay Pal's shipping services which provides a bar code and excellent tracking services, so I normally do not recommend insurance and confirmation, but can include it if requested. Customer pays for the extras.

International customers, we are not allowed to describe our packages as "gifts". I know it decreases your customs fees, but other sellers have gotten into trouble for that, so it's really not a good idea.
Additional policies and FAQs
Tight budget? I've made a payment plan that has worked out well with a couple of customers. I'm willing to do this for purchases over $100.

Can't do consignment. Sorry. Prices on Etsy are already close to wholesale, but I can give further discounts for volume purchases.