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The Teysha Journal — GuateBoots

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

Liberate Your Sole Tour - Episode 3

Another 10 days down and another 5 wonderful places on our tour! It's absolutely crazy how fast this tour is flying by. We started July in Carlsbad, New Mexico. We had a wonderful girl, Meg, who had purchased a pair of boots and some jewelry from us, and was kind enough to invite us to have a trunk show in Carlsbad. This was really the first time we had done a trunk show with someone we had literally never met before and in a city we had never been to. Meg, her husband, and her sister made us feel right at home. Her friends all came and were so sweet and excited and supportive-- by the end of the night...
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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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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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Please welcome Hanna, our new community development director in Guatemala!

 Join us in welcoming Hanna to team Teysha! She is our rockstar community developer down on the ground in Guatemala. She'll be helping everyone source the most amazing, fairly traded textiles as well as developing all sorts of anthropological and sociological projects to help further empower artisans and sustainable supply chains. She is awesome!    
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Guate Boots Round 2! Updates and Excitement!

 Greetings from the Guate Boots front lines!    We have been hard at work getting ready to make our 2nd generation of Guate Boots. Growing from our lessons from the first round we have been preparing for the awesomeness that lies ahead. Tonight, we kick off the next generation at 7pm central time. We've got an amazing array of textiles from all over Guatemala, 100s of styles possible.  We've been studying the art of boot making as well since our last bout in the boot making madness. We had the great luck to pick the minds of two world class master shoemakers; Lee Miller of Texas Traditions Boots and Marcell Mrsán of Koronya Handmade Shoes and Boots. The two were kind...
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