A special bundle for you and your best friend 🐶

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Announcing…. a  limited-time bundle for our furry friends and their humans 🐶💁🏻‍♀️ We’ve come together with our friends at El Chucho Feliz for this fun bundle. We love collaborating with other makers out there, supporting talented artisans in Guatemala. We’re only one small brand, but together with other socially-minded businesses, we can support a bigger movement that stands for ethical production practices and support for traditional crafts.

Order by Nov 29th and your shipping is only $7.50 within US for each bundle 💙 That’s because we have a friend taking these to the US herself (Thanks, Lea!). International shipping from Guatemala to US is not cheap, so we are happy to be able to reduce the final price this way for you. Shipping to other countries is also much cheaper from the US. Email me at mari@kakawdesigns.com to put in your order.

Scarf + Bark Bundle includes a dog collar made with naturally-dyed and handwoven ikat textile and genuine leather, made by El Chucho Feliz. We have the lucky pup’s human friend covered also with a naturally-dyed and handwoven scarf by Kakaw Designs.

Choose from Pretty in Pink and Indigo Ikat

The Pink hue for both the scarf and collar is from the natural dye cochineal. The footloom scarf is a new design, which means it’s not available anywhere else. The navy blues are, you guessed it, from natural Indigo. These naturally-dyed textiles are all dyed and handwoven by hand. The Corte Wraps are a little different because they are made with repurposed traditional cortes, and then are decorated with plant-dyed indigo cotton threads along the edges and the fringes. The collar might look more green than blue, which is because this ikat design has two colors: indigo and turmeric (blue + yellow = green).

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Collar sizes:

S (11″-13″ / 28cm-33cm)

L (14″-16″ / 35cm-40cm)

XL (16″-21.5 / 40cm-53cm)

XXL (14.5”-20.5” / 35cm-50cm)

Scarf size:

Humans are so much easier, one size fits all when it comes to scarves.

Width: 20 in / 51 cm
Length: 90 in /230 cm

Price: $80 plus $7.50 shipping within US. Put your order in by November 29th, for this reduced special shipping price.

Normal combined retail price ranges from $110-$135. (That’s a savings of $30 – $55 per bundle!)

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Curious about ikat designs, and the whole weaving process in general? Take a look at our video.

XOXO,

Mari

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Finally online… new treasures!

It’s no secret that designing and producing new items is more challenging when far, far, away from the talented artisans we work with. I’ve been outside of Guatemala for the better part of a whole year now, and this is one of the things I miss most about being in Guatemala: the ability to try new things with artisans, this sort of “trial and error” process that every new product needs. I can still sketch anywhere I am, and of course I’ve gotten new ideas for products as a student in Europe – new product needs, new patterns, new colors, new aesthetics, new weather needs, too ❄️. But the conversations with artisans, and physically feeling textures and seeing colors… these are things very challenging to accomplish while so far away.

All this to say that I’m extra pleased to announce the addition of these items, finally online and available for shipping from the US.

I’d like to add a special note here to say that these items would not have been possible to make come true without the existing relationships with the talented artisan groups we partner with in Guatemala. I think over the years we’ve gotten to know each other’s strengths, and have been able to figure out what kind of beauties we can make together. It must be extremely challenging for them to also communicate with me via email and messages, they’ve done a wonderful job and I am so grateful.

It felt great to be back and lead the first Textile Travels in August. I’m thinking about doing another trip in the summer of 2019, let me know if you’re interested in hearing more. Photos below were taken in Chichicastenango by Leander Khil.

XOXO,

Mari

mari@kakawdesigns.com

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<Find the items in New Arrivals section of our website>

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”

rose

“Rose”

chocolate

“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

We’re crazy about our new wraps

We love all our products, of course (that’s why we make them) but we’re really excited about our wraps in particular.  Here’s why:

Hummingbird Wrap in Palo de la Vida

Hummingbird Wrap in Palo de la Vida

They are naturally-dyed and handwoven by our talented partner cooperative.  We’re always thinking of how to incorporate more textile into our pieces, and well our scarves are 100% textile, and that means more support for the weavers.

Francisca Scarves

Francisca, the founder of our partner cooperative of weaves, smiles with our new wraps.

They are luxuriously wide!  20 inches of gorgeousness.

Hummingbird Wrap in Cochinilla.

Hummingbird Wrap in Cochinilla.

They are 100% cotton and oh-so-soft.

Quetzal Wrap

Quetzal Wrap

They come in so many different colors, and make the perfect accessory to complete an outfit.

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Scarves make excellent holiday gifts!

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CHECK IT OUT:

We’re having a pre-holiday sale!!  We’ve got so much coming up that quite honestly we want to make sure we can meet all the demand for the holidays, by spacing out our orders.  So from now until November 7th, get 25% off boots and 20% off everything else on kakawdesigns.com, including our brand-new wraps!

25% off boots with code: preholidayboots

20% off everything else with code: preholidaygoodies

ENJOY!