Plant Dye Experiments

It was so great to spend quality time with our partner weavers at Lake Atitlán.  It’s not always that we can afford to have some natural-dye experiment fun…. so this was a nice treat ❤️

I’m still going through the dyeing process pictures, so more on that coming soon.  For now… I’d love to share the results with you!

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We dyed three Summer Cardigans, handwoven by weavers near Cobán.

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Cardigan 1: Dyed with Pericón and Sacatinta

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Cardigan 2: Dyed with Pericón and Sacatinta, taken out of bath before Cardigan #1

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Cardigan 3: Dyed with Chilca and Sacatinta

There are only 3 of these in the whole wide world, and they are looking for loving homes!  Email me at mari@kakawdesigns.com if interested.  $150 each, free shipping to US.

All 3 colros

XOXO,

Mari

 

Photos by the lovely Kelly from Cardamom Collective.

New: The Duffle Bag!

I’ve been wanting to make a larger bag for a while, mainly because I didn’t have a good one to take on short adventures.  That’s how many of our products have been developed, did you know?  I got a scooter and needed a good backpack, so tada! The Quetzal Backpack.  I bought a new laptop and needed a good sleeve, so tada! The Laptop Sleeve.  And now, our newest baby: the Duffel Bag.

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The Duffel Bag is made with naturally-dyed and handwoven sturdy footloom textile with two shades of indigo in stripes.  The genuine leather adds even more durability, so you can really take it with you on all your adventures.  It comes with two outer and two inner pockets.  Made from start to finish by hand in Guatemala.

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Some of my travel essentials this summer including our Duffel Bag, Laptop Sleeve, and Quetzal Shoes.

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We’re ready to start making our first batch!  We also have a sale event coming up for newsletter subscribers only… Let me know if you want in at mari@kakawdesigns.com, and I’ll add you to the list 😉

 

XOXO,

Mari

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My Duffel Bag ❤️ Traveling the world together.

Mother’s Day Favorites + Sale

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Wendy from Moral Fibres models with our Quetzal Tote

Starting to look for the perfect Mother’s Day gift?  Well, we have some ethical, handmade favorites to share with you 😘 Support our partner women artisans, many of whom are mothers themselves 🙌

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Corte Wrap: great light year-long scarf, luxuriously wide normally $90

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Quetzal Wrap: naturally-dyed and handwoven.  Support women weavers!  Normally $110

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Hummingbird Wrap: choose from 3 naturally-dyed colors, with ikat designs. Normally $75.

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Quetzal Tote: our favorite tote fits everything you need!  Normally $90.

Remember, take $20 off with code MAMALOVE until May 14, 2017.  (Valid for orders over $100 – and free shipping too!)

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

A favorite for scarf season

*** Discount code at the very bottom 😘***

We love all our products, but we’re so excited that this chilly season the top favorite has been the newest scarf addition, our Corte Wrap.  It’s beautiful and cozy, but more that that, we are including two different groups of artisans in its production – the weavers who prepare the naturally-dyed cotton thread, and the embroiderers who do all the amazing embroidery work, stitch by stitch ❤️

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Francisca with the naturally-dyed thread her cooperative prepares.  She liked the finished prototype!

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Embroidery master sisters at work!

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Stitch by stitch…

 

And the result is a super soft, cozy scarf ❤️

 

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Kelly from Cardamom Collective snatched one of our prototypes!

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Adrienne shows off her Corte Wrap AND her Quetzal Backpack 😆

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Rachel and Laura both got a hold of these beauties with red stripes… lucky them!

Want your own?  Use discount code SCARFLOVE for $20 off your own Corte Wrap just until January 25, 2017.

 

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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“Indigo”

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“Rose”

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“Chocolate”

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

All Kickstarter Rewards are out!

We’re pretty excited to announce that all of the rewards have been sent – even for January and February.  We gave ourselves plenty of time to fulfill the orders because well, we know from experience that some things can take a long time when it comes to The Handmade.

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Hand-embroidered Coasters.  Photo: Cardamom Collective

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Embroidery artisans at work using naturally-dyed thread

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Picnic Blanket details.  Photo: Leander Khil

But yay!  We’re also almost done putting these items online, and will also be moving forward with new product development.  Stay tuned!