Summer Picnic Bundle

We’ve got a fun-filled ethical bundle for you, straight from Guatemala!

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We’ve teamed up with Toj  to bring you this ethical bundle just in time for summer sunshine.  Get a hand-embroidered Kakaw Designs Picnic Blanket and a pair of Toj sandals of your choice for $140, including shipping to the US!  That’s almost $50 off, which we are able to do by combining orders together and shipping to you directly from Guatemala.

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I loved having these sandals with me in Mexico, with their interchangeable laces.  I’ve tried quite a few different ways to wear them, but I know there are so many more – it’s fun to play around with!

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Our Picnic Blanket is also great for the beach 🌴

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I love the handwoven straps, so many colors to choose from!  I’m a sucker for this lovely green.

Interested?  Just Email me (mari@kakawdesigns.com) and we’ll arrange orders through PayPal.  Offer valid until May 21st, and we’ll be shipping the last week of May, just in time for summer.

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Picnic Blanket Earth Lodge

The Perfect Bundle for the Coffee and Textile Lover ☕️❤️

It’s getting warmer and more colorful these days.  We’ve got the perfect bundle to help you start your days with cheer 😊

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Put together by Natalie from Sustainably Chic… We love her 😘

$45 includes a bag of De La Gente coffee (straight from Guatemalan farmers!), two coasters, and one tea towel, all hand-embroidered with naturally-dyed thread.
Straight to you from Guatemala 🇬🇹, including shipping to the US

Interested? Just let us know at hello@kakawdesigns.com and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice.
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This is a Spring season special, so order your bundle now! Just let us know at hello@kakawdesigns.com

Facebook Live Video

Did you see our Facebook Live video?  I had so much fun together with Jess, Molly, and Britini.  We’re all designers here in Antigua working with artisans, through all the challenges and the rewards.  We had a great hour sharing our stories over some wine 🍷

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If you missed it, don’t worry!  It’s archived forever on the Perhaps You Need a Little Guatemala page.  Make sure to take a look!

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We had a blast, thank you Utz for hosting us!

 

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It felt pretty strange to be talking into a screen!  But fun to see instant likes and comments.

Photos courtesy of Utz.  Special thanks to Gronn for making us custom glasses for our wine.  It was so thoughtful!

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We even turned into a GIF!   How?  I have no idea.

We’re looking forward to the next one!  Do you have a topic you’d like to hear more about?  Let us know!

XOXO,

Mari

Facebook Live Discussion: Working with Artisans in Guatemala

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We’re so excited to be hosting a discussion on the challenges and rewards involved in the work we do here as social entrepreneurs in Guatemala.  Join us for an interactive live video discussion on Perhaps you need a little Guatemala tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17th at 5pm PST!

Together with the lovely boss ladies behind Stela 9, Luna Zorro, and Uxibal we will be answering questions and having a fun discussion sharing stories.  Hope to see you then!

Join the event on Facebook.

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Kakaw and Cardamom Bundles

We’re happy to announce a special collaboration between two spice-loving and ikat-obsessed businesses ❤️ Together with Cardamom Collective, we’re bringing you these lovely bundles for $90 – that’s $30 less than if ordered separately 😘 Only available throughout January!  To order, just email me at mari@kakawdesigns.com and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice.

Each bundle has one naturally-dyed and handwoven Hummingbird Wrap from Guatemala and a beautiful handloom ikat moon pouch from India.  Two places so far away and so vastly different in some ways, and yet in other ways so similar, which we can see through the ikat tradition here.  Kelly and I are both suckers for ikat, could you guess?

<<Hey, did you hear about the time we were at Renegade Chicago together?>>

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The ikat process is pretty complicated to explain, so we’ve got this video to show you:

Essentially, knots are strategically placed in the threads of the warp so that when those threads are dyed, the knotted parts remain white.  This is a truly mind-boggling kind of spacial awareness or mathematical intelligence that I can tell you I personally do not possess.  And it’s a technique used all over the world – that’s what’s so cool about it!

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Cheers!  Kelly and me last year in Chicago.

Thanks for your support, and as always, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at mari@kakawdesigns.com.

XOXO,

Mari

Holiday Bundles with De La Gente

We’re so excited to team up with De La Gente to provide the best holiday bundles for coffee and tea lovers everywhere ☕️

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Gua-TEA-mala: Whether basking in the winter sunshine or relaxing by the fire, tea is the perfect accompaniment – Cascara Tea in particular. Enjoy a hot cup of tea prepared any way you like it, get inspired by the recipes in our free Cascara Recipe Book. Measure out heaping tablespoons of tea for each recipe with a hand-carved scoop made in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle and sip from a hand-crafted & painted mug produced by artisans at Lake Atitlán with a vintage tea-towel embellished by hand embroidery by women artisans in Sumpango. This is the perfect tea collection with artisanal products that will dress up any kitchen style.

Order yours now!