World of Crafts, 7720 Wisdonsin Ave., Bethesda (Connor Building). Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 656-1200.
Everybody comes out ahead when you buy at the World of Crafts. A non-profit retail outlet for the International Program for Human Resource Development, the shop is staffed by foreign students who volunteer their time and, in some cases, get course credit for their work. The handmade goods are from self-help projects to ease poverty and unemployment in forty different countries. And, from the customer's point of view, the shop has a wide selection of handcrafted items priced lower than at other local stores. Napkin rings with carved animals, elsewhere up to $5, here are $1.69. Folk dolls are as low as $4.79. The shop has Mexican work shirts for $8.95, onyx-stemmed glasses for $6, batik scarves for $3.99. You can find ebony sculptures from Africa, boxes of olivewood, papier mache and woven fibers, and crafts so elegant as gold-embroidered silk caftans ($89). Most unusual are some of their musical instruments - the kalimba shown in "Roots" and another made from a sardine can, tambourines and gourds, goatskin drums and violins, even belly-dancer leg bells.
World of Crafts, 7720 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda (Connor Building). Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 656-1200.