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World Weavers: Chichicastenango and Utz Baj Cooperative

Posted by Sophie Eckrich on

Ever since we started working in Guatemala, the textiles of Chichicastenango have always called out to us and fascinated us. Their vibrant colors, mountains, volcanoes, fire, rainbows, and symbols consistently amaze us!  Earlier this year, we started working with the Cooperativa Utz Baj (meaning Good Thread), to create custom patterns together. At first, we didn't know exactly how it would work out, so we went old school and printed out outlines of our boot panels, photos, and to-scale measurements, and distributed this with the women.  A couple weeks later, we came back and they totally blew us away! Not only...

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Introducing the Eye of the Sky Boot

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The latest collaboration coming from our World Weavers Initiative comes from the beautiful village of Chajul, Guatemala. We have been working with a talented group of ladies to design a boot that is representative of the traditional style of their village and community, while bringing in a contemporary twist.  We're thrilled to be working with Mikaela, an amazing entrepreneur in Guatemala, to coordinate and design these textiles. Whenever we start working with a new community, we have learned that one of the keys is finding what we call "La Chispita", or The Spark, to be our leader in the community. Every...

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Behind the scenes -- Sonia's story

Posted by Sophie Eckrich on

Persistence.   Sonia’s life is the picture of dedication and persistence. When you first meet her, she is quiet, and even seems shy, but you quickly realize she has a powerful force within her. Her mind is always focused on managing the different aspects of her business. She is beyond humble, and with each year we get to know her, we realize how infinitely limitless her potential is.  We have had the privilege of getting to know Sonia’s story over the past three years.   Persistence and humility were instilled in Sonia by her father, whose story is riddled with tragedy and...

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TEYSHA TOUR: REHOBOTH BEACH

Posted by teyshaally on

We’re on the move again, exploring the vibrancy of the east coast! For lunch, we ate at Dog Fish Brewery, which keeps earth weird by serving up things like vanilla bean and rosemary soda, bratwurst with beet ketchup and blueberry chutney, and hanging framed photos on the ceiling. We stopped for the night at The Summer Place Inn in Rehoboth … Continue reading 

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TEYSHA TOUR: CELEBRATING FIREFLY

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As the festival neared its finish, we met even more lovely people. We heard their stories and told them the stories of our goods. Some of the members of Stop Light Observations came by to pick up some hats and told us their story – about their desire to make music without confinement, and about their excitement for their upcoming … Continue reading 

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