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Allergic to plastic? Well, you don't need a visa to acquire artisan-made gifts from around the world.

December 12, 1996

Native American

Wooden roosters, $95 (gold), $180 (red) and $19.95 each (small) by Navajo Indians; Zuni Indian woven cloth, $240. All at the Southwest Museum Gift Shop, Los Angeles.

Chili suede sheepskin coat, $850, designed and hand-painted by Betty David, a Spokane Indian who lives in Santa Barbara; to order catalog, call (805) 682-5175. Brass earrings from Kenya sold at Tribal Treasures warehouse, open weekends only at 5855 Centinela, Units C17 and C19, Culver City; (310) 670-1271.

Mexican

Beaded crafts by Mexico's Huichol Indians: reindeer head, $520, reindeer plaque, $220, figures, $140 each, small round box, $32, assorted bowls, $20 to $80, iguana, $90. By appointment only at the Huichol Art Center, (213) 256-1329.

Africian

Mud cloth, $25 to $45, depending on size; leather patchwork hassock, $110; pillow with fringe, $85 to $110, draped with mud cloth scarf, $20; gourd-headed doll, $30, with beaded earrings, $10, all from Mali. Straw pouch with cowrie beads, $25, from South Africa. At Tribal Treasures warehouse, open weekends only at 5855 Centinela, Units C17 and C19, Culver City; (310) 670-1271. Some items also sold at Antique Alley and the Farmers Market, both in Los Angeles.

Guatemalan

Baskets, $30 to $900, hand-woven from palm fiber by Panama's Wounaan Indians; handmade cloths, $45 to $500, from Guatemala. All available this weekend at the Guatemalan Travellers warehouse sale, 2502 G Palm Drive, Long Beach; (310) 988-1800. Some baskets also sold at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.

Baltic

Red wool fabric for folk skirt, $27; leather-bound blank books, $33 to $37; bookmarks, $9 each; ribbon, $30; ceramic pitcher, $29; plate, $3, filled with amber necklaces, $42 and up; socks, $80; snowflake headband, $65; pillow, $55. All at Baltic Crossroads, Los Angeles.

Mex./Am. Indian

Beaded wooden mask, $280, by appointment only at Huichol Art Center, (213) 256-1329; bracelets, $35 to $135, by Stormie, a Mescalero Indian who lives in Los Angeles, available by appointment, (213) 254-7239, or on Sundays at the Farmers Market in Hollywood.

* Styling by Joanna Dendel / For The Times

Guatemalan: Baskets

Mexican: Beaded crafts

Africian: Mud cloth

Baltic: Red wool fabric for folk skirt

Mex./Am. Indian: Beaded wooden mask

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