Can you spot our Ixcaco X at Megan’s aka wonderful @undecorated_home ? I wish my entryway looked that organized and pretty... Here we have one stroller, one car seat, a collection of scarves and gloves, small winter shoes, medium winter shoes, large winter shoes and a pair of sandals (just in case ✌🏼😎🏝)
Sometimes all I want to do is dream in colors and patterns and talk to our artisan partners in this language of possibilities. This is maybe my favorite part of what we do as Kakaw Designs, and something that has been more difficult with me studying in Europe... not just the time difference but so much of what we do and how we communicate is meant to be tactile and visual, shared in person and built over relationships of trust and inspiration. A place of enthusiasm to try new creations. I miss doing this in person, but then technology brings me sketches from our lead weaving partner with her son's crayons, and long Skype calls with the lovely Kelly for upcoming @cardamomcollective dreams, and it feels so good. Thank you for all creative makers and designers who have shared their encouragement over the years. It's pretty special we get to do what we do. 🙏 🙏 🙏 #kakawdesigns#textiledesign
Results from a successful visit to San Juan la Laguna! 🌊⛰🌺
5 374 days ago
These women work in a local Guatemalan textile shop. They told Elba that the specific garment they are working on will take one week to produce if they both work on it. This piece of clothing is called a ‘huipil’, part of the traditional Mayan dress, and it doesn’t come cheap. “A good huipil costs the equivalent of a month’s salary at minimum wage” (Seeing Indians, pg 69). Virginia Tilley wrote this in 2005. When Elba went to Guatemala 12 years later, the cost for this huipil was 1,000 quetzales, or about $130 USD. The textiles industry is a good source of alternate income for coffee pickers before and after the harvest season. What beautiful indigenous artistry and expression! Guatemala’s indigenous peoples have retained a strong portion of their cultures, as opposed to other Central American countries, where local indigenous expression was suppressed for a long time. Just another part of the complex Central American story.
The moment my love affair began with Guatemalan textiles 💜 Thank you @hiptipico for being such a helpful and knowledgeable guide.
3 495 days ago
Being a grad student isn't glamorous. It's been challenging on many levels, including moving between Austria and the Netherlands, and having to figure things out in different university cultures. Exams coming up soon... but after that, I just have my thesis to work on. "Just".... ? 🤔😬🙄 #sustainabledevelopment#mastersstudent
Associacion Lema’s greenhouse, built especially as a home for nopal cactus and cochineal insects that live on the nopal. When the cochineal die, they can be used to create natural dyes in shades of red and pink. The red coloring is not from their blood as some may think, but rather from the special process of how the insects metabolize the nopal cactus juice. We visited this dye studio to make dye baths of our own during our current #threadcaravanxlunazorro textile workshop in Guatemala.