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I create bags that are so beautiful you'll want to use them everyday for everything and so strong you can. Indigo and Leather!
I create bags that are so beautiful you'll want to use them everyday for everything and so strong you can. Indigo and Leather!
I create bags that are so beautiful you'll want to use them everyday for everything and so strong you can. Indigo and Leather!
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If you missed out on my kickstarter campaign, you may visit me at: www.inikoa.com or email me at: liz@inikoa.com.

Thank You for your support! www.inikoa.com --- email: liz@inikoa.com
Thank You for your support! www.inikoa.com --- email: liz@inikoa.com

 For those of you who are interested here is my Radio Interview with Travis Coffman in Guam:

Aloha Kickstarter Community! Thanks for checking out my project.

(Aloha, whether I reach my goal or not I have to give a shout out to my videographer, Daniel Morii who can be reached via email at: daniel@moriiproductions.tv, and to Dewi Maile Lim for starring in my video along side me, you can find out more about her here: http://about.me/dewimailelim)

(and another shout out to Honolulu Fashion Journalist Paula Rath, she featured me on her blog at: http://paularath.com/)

I am an artist, photographer and textile designer. I am a maker!

I am also a Shibori artisan. Shibori is a fabric dyers art form. The word shibori comes from the Japanese root word ‘shiboru’ that means, “to wring, squeeze, press”. Cloth is prepared for the dye bath by binding and knotting, tying, stitching and stringing.

I have been studying and practicing Shibori for over 10 years.

I dye white denim in natural indigo that incorporates Hawaiian grown Indigo, then I use  traditional and non traditional Shibori techniques, to achieve my designs.
I pair them with leather and/or canvas, creating beautiful and functional bags that are so pretty you can't wait to use them everyday for everything and strong enough so you can.

My company name is INIKOA (a Hawaiian word for Indigo) and this line of bags is called "CHOTTO FUNKY"

Chotto Funky is a mix of Japanese and English that translates to mean "A little bit Funky"

Chotto (Japanese)  = a little, just, slightly, somewhat

Funky (English) = authentic; earthy,  exciting, stylish and modern in an unconventional way

WHY I NEED YOUR HELP


I want to source as much of my materials from the US as possible. And I'd like to buy materials in bulk and at wholesale rates. 

I want to use Horween leather from Chicago, so I'll need some money to buy some hides up front. And I'll be buying my canvas from Fairfield Textiles, out of New Jersey.

I need to buy some equipment and tools to finish the bags with leather the way I want to. Your funds will help me buy:

a rivet press
an industrial walking foot sewing machine
a leather skiver
a leather branding iron to create my labels
a used washing machine for the dyed fabric
more indigo
materials (leather, canvas, rivets and zippers)

I have some great rewards that you'll love.

Prototype leather color vs actual bag leather color
Prototype leather color vs actual bag leather color

For the bags You will be able to choose the style of shibori you want from these 5 samples. But remember you are only choosing a style as no two bags will look alike. (Furoshiki reward has only 3 choices)

Shibori Styles to Choose from for Bag Rewards
Shibori Styles to Choose from for Bag Rewards

REWARDS: These are ONE OF A KIND, Handcrafted bags dyed in Natural Indigo.  

$20 & $25 Reward - Furoshiki
$20 & $25 Reward - Furoshiki
Furoshiki Choices - Select 1, 2 or 3
Furoshiki Choices - Select 1, 2 or 3
$ 35 Reward - Cross Body Bag
$ 35 Reward - Cross Body Bag
 
$ 50 reward - Shibori and denim Clutch
$ 50 reward - Shibori and denim Clutch
$ 60 Reward - Black and White Hawaiian Print Tote
$ 60 Reward - Black and White Hawaiian Print Tote
$ 90 Reward - Vintage Print Bag with Leather Handles
$ 90 Reward - Vintage Print Bag with Leather Handles
$ 125 - $135 Reward Indigo and Leather Tote
$ 125 - $135 Reward Indigo and Leather Tote
$ 165 - $ 175 Reward - Indigo and Leather Resort Size Bag
$ 165 - $ 175 Reward - Indigo and Leather Resort Size Bag
$ 225 Reward - Indigo and Leather Resort Size Bag and Clutch
$ 225 Reward - Indigo and Leather Resort Size Bag and Clutch

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I have is that I have to ship all of my supplies to Hawaii. I can't just go down to the local store and get the supplies I need.

So getting the materials in time to meet the delivery dates is where I feel I will have the hardest time planning.

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    Plenty Aloha! And a Thank you on my website.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! One FUROSHIKI the original bag. Furoshiki (風呂敷) is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Also does double duty as A BANDANA. 27" x 27" Cotton voile dyed in indigo using the shibori method. You choose from 3 different shibori styles.

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    One FUROSHIKI the original bag. Furoshiki (風呂敷) is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Also does double duty as A BANDANA. 27" x 27" Cotton voile dyed in indigo using the shibori method. You choose from 3 different shibori styles.

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    Indigo dyed cross body bag with adjustable straps, dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabrics are hand-dyed and no two will look alike.

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    Indigo dyed Shibori foldover clutch dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed and no two will look alike.

    zipper closure and blue and white on one side, blue on blue on the other side. denim bottom.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Canvas and Barkcloth Tote with cloth straps. Black and white print, black canvas bottom. With rivet reinforced handles. This bag is NOT created using leather.

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    EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION. Canvas and Barkcloth Tote with leather straps (cloth straps for vegans) in a Vintage print, burgundy and beige. This is truly a limited edition, I have the last 25 yards of this fabric in Hawaii. This bag has a canvas bottom. With rivet reinforced handles. This bag is NOT created using leather bottoms.

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    LEATHER AND INDIGO SHIBORI TOTE, "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed and no two will look alike. This bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet reinforced handles.

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    LEATHER AND INDIGO SHIBORI TOTE, "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed and no two will look alike. This bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet reinforced handles.

    Vegan option: canvas handles and bottom

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! LEATHER AND INDIGO SHIBORI RESORT SIZE BAG.Dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed this resort size bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet reinforced handles.

    Vegan option, canvas handles and canvas bottom.

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    LEATHER AND INDIGO SHIBORI RESORT SIZE BAG.Dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed this resort size bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet reinforced handles.

    Vegan option: canvas handles and bottom.

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    LEATHER AND INDIGO SHIBORI RESORT SIZE BAG. Dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed this resort size bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet reinforced handles.

    Vegan option:canvas handles and canvas bottom.

    AND A CLUTCH DYED IN THE SAME STYLE OF SHIBORI.

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