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The Teysha Journal — boots

Teysha is a collective of explorers, travelers, designers, and adventurers. Take a peek behind the scenes of our handcrafted goods and our world travels.

Making Shoes With A Conscience

Thanks to World Wanderlust for a lovely write up! The World Wanderlust is an international news outlet that sets out to bridge gaps between cultures. At Teysha, we aim to build bridges, not borders, so we couldn't be more happy that World Wanderlust dedicated time to write about us.  If you make your way to Antigua, you must come visit our workshop!! We can't wait to host you and show you the beautiful process of hand making shoes! Read the full article HERE. Salud!
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INSPIRATION: VIBRANCY

Here at Teysha, we are constantly amazed at the vibrancy of the huipil (wee-peel) made by the Guatemalan women. The intricacy and variety of the fabric seems otherworldly – that is, until the we see the land of Guatemala. Guatemalan nature is wonderfully colorful. The tropical birds, flowers, and fruit make the country rich in beauty. Their vibrancy pops against the black volcanic rock and … Continue reading →
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April Boot Tour

A year ago we took a leap and landed into the world of custom hand-crafted boots. We started with a couple of pairs of boots, a small team of artisan cobblers, collected many-a-textiles from Mayan women throughout Antigua and got busy making our first round of boots. This leap propelled us into a wild journey of building supply chains, organizational processes, design, and all sorts of other challenges and has lead us to the point where we are actually creating our own shoe workshop where we can help many artisans gain access to the resources, designs, and knowledge to be a part of the global marketplace. Without you, none of this would ever have happened. We would like to invite...
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Official Boot (fun) Business in Chichicastenango

     A trip to Chichicastenango, a few hours by bus from Antigua, can be an overwhelming experience - but the amazing collection of artisan goods being sold by the artists there make for an unforgettable experience. Artisans - men, women, and their families - make the journey to Chichicastenango each week to gain a wider audience for their goods, and tourists travel hundreds of miles to lay their eyes on this famed market.       I wanted my first visit to the market to be a real Guatemalan adventure, so I grabbed a chicken bus early in the morning that I was told went somewhere in the vicinity of Chichi. This bus dropped me off in a town called Chimaltenango and...
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Drinking the Local Kool-Aid

     My first week in Guatemala has been a whirlwind of amazing experiences. My first few days were spent trying to absorb an enormous amount of information about how our boots are made, who makes them, where we get our textiles, who makes the textiles, where i'll be living, how i'll be living, etc. We worked with our boot-maker Carlos in our new shop that is actually just a small patio at his home. He cleared out some space for us and we built wooden shelves to store our materials and textiles and we got everything organized to make our boot shop as efficient as possible.      The boot process is quite involved, but i'll give a quick rundown here...
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Guate Boots - notes from the field

 Read on to learn more about some of the improvements and processes we're doing for Round 2 of Guate Boots! Yo folks, wanted to give y'all a little update on our efforts in Guatemala and a little forewarning that we are running out of space in Round 2 and that the price of our boots for round 3 may be going up a bit more. DEADLINE IS THURSDAY NIGHT! We have just released a whole bunch of beautiful vintage huipil tapestries so go check them out if you haven't reserved your pair. Now, I wanted to give y'all an update on the boot making front and the wonderful strides we're taking. First round, we made a quality boot but it...
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Guate Boots- job creation, craft preservation, community empowerment

So excited to introduce to you, GUATE BOOTS! Job creation, craft preservation, community empowerment   Our first week back in Guatemala has been a whirlwind of creation and excitement. We have been rocking and rolling gathering groups of artisans and boot makers to create the world's coolest boots. Job creation: The making of ONE pair of boots helps supplement the daily wage for at least 10 different artisans here. It truly is a community effort where everyone shares the work in order to create a pair of boots. In most cases, each of the ten artisans are working on several pairs of boots which further increases their day's wages. Craft preservation: Continuing Teysha's model of bringing together different groups of...
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