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

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.

 

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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“Indigo”

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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

Backpacking in Guatemala

I finished college at UC Davis, and took off as fast as I could.  I backpacked for a year, and then landed a job on the Galapagos Islands teaching little humans, and during my time off got to explore much of the islands and the mainland.  I squeezed in a trip to Japan and then to Australia before relocating to Guatemala, which has become my home since.  I counted once, I think I’ve lived in 10 countries throughout my life.  Something like that.

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Somewhere in the middle of the Pacific… Galápagos ❤️

But since I’ve grown roots in this beautiful Antigua, I hadn’t really done much “backpacking.”  Don’t get me wrong, I travel often, especially to meet with artisans, but this leisurely “traveling for the sake of traveling,” not so much.  And so I took a little vacation at the end of 2016, and had such an amazing time I visiting places that I hadn’t been to in a while:

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Laguna Chicabal, one of my favorite places.

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Hiking from Xela to Lake Atitlán with Quetzaltrekkers.  Photo: Abby Price (our awesome guide)

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It got pretty cold at night during the hike!

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The beautiful trail at Semuc Champey.  Photo: Leander Khil

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The water was lovely!  Photo: Leander Khil

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I missed the tropical rainforest.  Photo: Leander Khil

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The Ceiba Tree ❤️

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And, of course, Tikal.

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I had fun being a Wild Thing.

It was a good reminder: I love to travel.  (There’s even this ExOfficio video about how much I love to travel.)  I grew roots, and that’s great, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get out more just to “travel for the sake of traveling.”  Right?

2017 – I’m looking forward to the adventures that lay ahead.  Because I still get Wanderlust, and I think that’s just part of me forever.

 

XOXO,

Mari