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New artisanmade products that support our women weavers and embroiderers here in Guatemala ❤️ Pre-order now at discounted prices!
76 backers pledged $4,283 to help bring this project to life.

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We're almost at our goal!  As a special THANK YOU for your pledge, we're now including a traditional Guatemalan pompom with each order ❤️ Perfect addition to your bag or your home!

Free gift: traditional pompom
Free gift: traditional pompom

It's been almost three years now since we launched our artisanmade business on Kickstarter.  We started with custom-made boots, and since then we have incorporated many new designs: more boots, shoes, bags, and accessories.  We've made it a priority to partner with talented local artisans, and we're ready to increase our social impact!

<<Want to hear more in-depth reasons? Read the article published on Eco Warrior Princess.>>

At Kakaw Designs, we're sticklers for the handmade.  Everything we do is done with great attention to detail, and we want to launch our newest products on Kickstarter at discounted pre-order prices ❤️

Mari with partner cooperative of weavers at Lake Atitlán
Mari with partner cooperative of weavers at Lake Atitlán

Let me explain why: as we've grown, we've felt the strain of increased costs involved with keeping stock for each product as well as product development for new items.  Every new design involves trial and error (especially working with rural artisans, because of cultural, linguistic, and geographic barriers), and it also means one more product needed to maintain inventory, both in Guatemala and in the US.  For a small business, this can take its toll.

Our embroidery artisans work stitch by stitch using naturally-dyed thread prepared by our partner weavers.
Our embroidery artisans work stitch by stitch using naturally-dyed thread prepared by our partner weavers.

That's where you come in.  We're here on Kickstarter to really focus on our work with the women artisans: weavers and embroiderers.  Our samples are ready, and now we just need you to pledge so that we can start production with pre-orders.  That way, we can bypass stocking costs and offer these products at a discounted price.  We will be incorporating many of there handmade items into our store at kakawdesigns.com after the completed project.  

REWARDS:

$5: Hand-written Thank You Card, made out to you personally because that's how much we appreciate your support.  On our favorite paper, handmade with flowers.

Thank you card
Thank you card

$20: Hand-Embroidered Tea Towel, made with textile scraps from bag and scarf production and naturally-dyed cotton thread.

Hand-Embroidered Tea Towel
Hand-Embroidered Tea Towel

 

Tea Towels with Naturally-dyed Thread for Embroidery
Tea Towels with Naturally-dyed Thread for Embroidery

 

$25: Set of 4 Mix-and-Match Coasters, made with textile scraps from bag and scarf production and naturally-dyed cotton thread.

Hand-Embroidered Coasters, Mix and Match 4
Hand-Embroidered Coasters, Mix and Match 4

$40: String of Flags, made with textile scraps and hand-embroidered with naturally-dyed thread, hung on handmade rope. The strip has 9 varied flags to decorate beautifully and ethically.

String of Flags
String of Flags

 $65: Indigo Footloom Scarves, handwoven by our partner cooperative of weavers at Lake Atitlán.

Indigo Footloom Scarf
Indigo Footloom Scarf

 

 $90: Picnic Blanket, made with used textiles that specifically require mending.  Our embroidery artisans patch them up nicely and combine scrap pieces to make perfect picnic blankets.

Picnic Blanket
Picnic Blanket

 

Great for the beach and pool too!
Great for the beach and pool too!

 $95: Oversized Clutch, made with naturally-dyed indigo textile handwoven by our partner cooperative of weavers.  Learn how the designs come to life with ikat knots in our video below.

 

Oversized Clutch, with indigo handwoven textile and genuine leather
Oversized Clutch, with indigo handwoven textile and genuine leather

 

Oversized Clutch made with handwoven indigo textile
Oversized Clutch made with handwoven indigo textile

 

$100: Laptop Sleeve, made with naturally-dyed textile handwoven by our partner cooperative of weavers.  Let us know which color you'd like - Green or Purple.  We've perfected out sizing for 13-inch and 15-inch screens, using MacBooks as a reference.

Laptop Sleeves, Handwoven
Laptop Sleeves, Handwoven

 

Laptop Sleeve in Green
Laptop Sleeve in Green

 

Laptop Sleeve in Purple
Laptop Sleeve in Purple

 

Thank you for your support!

XOXO,

Mari

Risks and challenges

Because we've done this before, we feel pretty confident about the whole process involved in having a Kickstarter project. One issue that is always part of the handmade process is that it can take a while to make the products... and the larger the order, the longer it will take. That's why we have limited the number of products and spaced out our shipments to allow sufficient time.

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    Handwritten Gracias Card

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    Hand-Embroidered Tea Towel

    A beautiful addition to your kitchen using traditional textile scraps leftover from bag and scarf production. These "scraps" are hand-embroidered with naturally-dyed cotton thread, supporting two groups of artisan women (weavers who dye the thread, and the women who embroider) in Guatemala.

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    Mix and Match Coasters

    A set of 4 coasters made with leftover textile pieces, embellished with naturally-dyed cotton embroidery along the edges. The production of these coasters helps support two groups of women: the weavers who dye the cotton with natural dyes, and the women who work on the delicate embroidery.

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    String of Flags

    Fun use of textile scraps embellished with naturally-dyed thread for embroidery. Nine flags are perfect to bring some beauty into your life ethically! Hung on handmade rope for a classy finish. 65 inches holds all 9 flags, plus plenty of room to tie the ends.

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    Indigo Footloom Scarf

    Soft, handwoven scarves dyed with indigo. Prepared from start to finish by our partner weaving cooperative Corazón del Lago at Lake Atitlán.

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    Picnic Blanket - Batch 2

    The perfect picnic blanket made with repurposed traditional corte textile. We have specifically selected used textiles that have holes, rendering them difficult to use for other products. Our embroidery artisans in Sumpango first mend the holes, and then lay out the pieces to make a beautiful picnic blanket that would also be a great couch blanket. The embroidery is all done with naturally-dyed thread prepared by our partner weavers. Support two groups of women artisans, and keep yourself cozy

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    Oversized Indigo Clutch

    Using indigo textile handwoven on a backstrap loom by our partner weavers, these luxurious oversized envelope clutches are finished with genuine leather. They're the perfect clutch to put in everything you need.

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    Laptop Sleeve

    The perfect laptop sleeve made with handwoven naturally-dyed textile with traditional ikat designs. We designed the textile with our partner weavers at Lake Atitlán, so it is nice and thick to keep your laptop safe. Choose from 13-inch and 15-inch. Note that we used MacBooks as a reference for sizes.

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    Indigo Footloom Scarf

    Soft, handwoven scarves dyed with indigo. Prepared from start to finish by our partner weaving cooperative Corazón del Lago at Lake Atitlán.

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    Picnic Blanket

    The perfect picnic blanket made with repurposed traditional corte textile. We have specifically selected used textiles that have holes, rendering them difficult to use for other products. Our embroidery artisans in Sumpango first mend the holes, and then lay out the pieces to make a beautiful picnic blanket that would also be a great couch blanket. The embroidery is all done with naturally-dyed thread prepared by our partner weavers. Support two groups of women artisans, and keep yourself cozy �

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