Mother’s Day Favorites + Sale

Mother's Day Sale

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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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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!

We’re featured as a top ethical scarf producer ❤️

Big thanks to The Good Trade  for featuring us on their list “15 Handmade & Fair Trade Scarves to Add to Your Wishlist”!

We’re honored to be featured by such a respected go-to resource for all things dedicated to social good.  We especially love their focus on social entrepreneurship.

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Here’s what they said about us:

KAKAW DESIGNS

Based In | Guatemala
Ethics | Fair Trade, Women’s Empowerment
Best For | Natural Dyes, Vibrant Colors
Price Range |$35 (Scarf) – $90 (Wrap)

Mari started Kakaw Designs in 2013 after returning to her homeland of Guatemala. After meeting artisans who were let down by local NGOs, Mari then decided that Kakaw Designs would create beautiful products ethically, while also being gentle to the environment and empowering women artisans. Their line of leather products has now expanded to scarves and wraps as well, 100% handmade with gorgeous natural dyes.

Choose your favorite scarf from our wide selection of handwoven and hand-embroidered scarves.  And hey, our Hummingbird Wraps in Palo de la Vida are on sale right now for only $70 🙌

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