Take a look at this beautiful website full of narratives about artisan traditions and slow fashion practices around the world. I love this online community feel of people who believe in the value of handmade beauties.
Our upcoming Textile Travels was featured! Take a look at the whole piece here.
I’ve found myself in a little pickle as the founder of Kakaw Designs, a small artisanmade brand based in Guatemala, and now also a master’s student in Sustainable Development in Europe. It seems to me that conscious consumers are more and more focused on the environmental side of fashion, pushing for locally-made products and a general reduction in consumption. While I am a big supporter of these movements and personally believe that More is not always Better, these trends lead me to wonder about the social and economic side effects for the small-scale producers that I’ve worked with for years now in Guatemala.
We are so excited for all the possibilities to come this summer. Time to explore new creative ideas, together with our artisan partners. Want to know more? As always, just email me at: email@example.com.
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It’s time to celebrate the holidays, and we’re soooo ready!
Gift a beautifully handcrafted product and support local artisans in Guatemala! Shop at kakawdesigns.com ❤️
Check it out, we’re so excited that our products have been featured two times in just one week by ethical blogs, both in the UK. Kakaw is going global! Take a look at what they’re saying:
#1: Quetzal Wrap on Curiously Conscious:
Large enough to cover my shoulders and head should I want it, and thin enough to wrap traditionally as a scarf, I’ve been throwing this on with my long-sleeve tops to wear in and out of the house. It was especially great when combatting a sore throat I had this month, keeping my neck warm and comfy all day long!
Big thanks to Besma from Curiously Conscious for taking the time to take these awesome photos and write about our Quetzal Wrap. The scarf is available in two naturally-dyed colors. Make sure to see the rest of the product review!
#2:Quetzal Tote on Moral Fibres:
The bag is from Kakaw Designs, and is handmade by traditional Guatemalan artisans using locally sourced materials, both custom made and repurposed. It’s roomy, practical and gorgeous (but not trend driven), and is pretty much the perfect size for carting round my work paraphernalia. It’s sturdily made, and something that’s going to be part of my wardrobe for a long long time to come.
Wendy from Moral Fibres is going back to work after maternity leave, and wanted to highlight her favorite picks for this Fall. She looks great with our Quetzal Tote, and it sounds like she will get good use out of it so that’s great 🙂 Find out her top Autumn picks here.
It’s always exciting to see our products on other places and hear what people are saying – so grateful for all the support from the ethically-minded community out there 🙌 Helping each other make a difference by living mindfully, and that includes our choices in fashion. We choose slowing down fashion and supporting ethical practices.
Sometimes the best photos are the blurry ones with silly faces. We don’t get to share those much on our website (I guess we should keep things clean and professional…🙄) so from a couple of recent little photoshoots with friends, here’s a selection of The Best Fun Shots:
Thanks ladies for the fun photos!
And hey, if you’re in the mood for some seriously excellent photos, take a look at our new Lookbook!
Yesterday was Fall Equinox, which means that it’s officially now Fall! Wooohoooo! We love the change of season, the falling leaves, bundling up…
So we’re celebrating! Use code FALLISHERE for 25% off all Scarves and Accessories until Sunday, September 25th. Hurry, supplies are limited.
And hey, want to learn about the embroidery artisans behind the beautiful Corte Wrap (now only$67.50 with code)? Take a look at this post by Mari published on The Curious Button.
The sisters Anita and Teresita work on our Corte Wraps, and they do a great job – blanket stitch all along the edges of the textile, and macrame fringes on two ends to give the scarf a good shape. They live in a community near Sumpango, where we have just started to expand for embroidery work.
These women do not live in castles, have super modern appliances, or fancy cars. But they’re also not destitute. I think a part of me was afraid that they might be living in some terrible conditions, but I was relieved to see that they had such a lovely home. I want to paint an honest picture of these two sisters in particular:
They have a beautiful home. The sisters are close. They take pride in their traditional art of embroidery. Their work is excellent. They live in a mostly agricultural village with dirt roads. Their kitchen is big, with two wood-burning stoves for lots of cooking. They have plenty of room to host community gatherings at their home. They are welcoming, and they seem happy.
We had a great time at the Renegade Fair in Chicago… so much fun, actually, that I didn’t take too many photos (again! I’m so bad at this). It was great to join forces with Cardamom Collective for a fantastic textile-loving booth!
Here are some of the only shots I have from the fantastic weekend:
It was lovely to see people come and visit. Many admirers of Guatemala, textile lovers of course, and new friends referred to us by old friends. And fun to come across people who actually knew us – I’m always surprised and curious as to how… a few through social media, a few through common friends, and even a woman who had heard me speak at an event in Guatemala a couple of years ago. The world is so small!
Thank you, everyone, for all your support! I had a great time, and I hope to be back at Renegade Chicago next year as well. Now I’m planing a trip to New York for November…. 🙂
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I can't believe that I hadn't met Kelly from @cardamomcollective in person before this weekend! We've been friends for a while and I like to poke fun at how we first connected – through Instagram 😆 What a magical world we live in! We had a great weekend at #renegadechicago, I'm really glad to have made the trip over, it was absolutely worth it. But so much traveling and excitement got me sick I think, I totally crashed today and spent the day in bed. My friend @erinoerin made me some delicious soup so hopefully I'll be all better tomorrow 🍲