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The Teysha Journal — handcrafted

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

TRAMA Textiles: a 100% worker-owned women’s weaving cooperative in Guatemala

TRAMA TEXTILES   TRAMA Textiles is a 100% worker-owned women’s weaving cooperative in Guatemala. TRAMA provides work for over 400 women and their families, across five regions in Guatemala’s Western highlands. We pay the women up front and in full for their work, and they are guaranteed a fair wage for what they produce. This means women in our communities can earn an income to support themselves and their families, in a region where paid work is hard to find.   "In 1988, after some of the most devastating years of Guatemala´s civil war, our association was formed. The civil war was a time when most of the men from our communities: our grandfathers, fathers, brothers and sons, disappeared. During this difficult time,...
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Spring Mola Collection

There are so many things we love about the Kuna Yala territory of Panama. The crystal clear oceans and beaches, the palm trees, the fresh fish. But the most amazing part is the Kuna community. As one of the only autonomous indigenous tribes in the world, the Kuna nation has kept so many of their traditions going strong to this day.  I first came to Kuna Yala in 2012 and was immediately enthralled with the bright colors everywhere -- the women's arms and legs were wrapped in colorful beads, they wore colorful skirts, and their blouses were absolute masterpieces. The centerpiece of the blouse is called a Mola, and consists of intricately hand sewn layers of fabric. The women begin...
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Teysha Is

Teysha is: A bridge that connects worlds (people, place, modern, natural) An alliance of cultures, respecting and celebrating diversity. An opportunity for the sharing of practices and principles. A vehicle for inner and outer exploration and discovery. An exercise of self-expression. A reminder of who we are and where we come from (nature). An example of peace through creativity A friend, an ally. Teysha is an intercultural organization that strives to create sustainable fashion in the form of boots and footwear by collaborating with artisans in Central America and beyond. Derived from the Caddo Native American word for friend or ally, Teysha was born in Texas with the vision of working with tribes and cultures throughout the American continent to share...
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The Land of Artisans - Guest Post by Ali Sassoon

Reflections of a trip to Guatemala By Alexandra Sassoon  “A’ Cha Pe! Jani?” “Cuánto para el bordado?” Colorfully dressed women in traditional huipils called out of their small stalls stacked high with embroideries and hand dyed textiles. The scene unfolding before me was an allusion of colors, sounds and smells as I walked down the worn cobblestone streets of Chichicastanengo; a mountain town known for it’s overwhelming Sunday markets.    As I wandered down the narrow passageways of this never-ending labyrinth of shops, vendors, and peddlers, the beauty of Guatemala unfolded before me. It was shown in every hand-stitched thread of the multicolored bordados, or embroideries I walked past. Each bolt of cloth, I soon learned, represented a different group...
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Love Stories -- Charmie + Aaron

Charmie and Aaron's magical, mystical, VIBRANT wedding combines so many of the things we love -- pops of color, the beautiful magic of the Southwest, and of course handcrafted goods. Charmie is the creator of New Crop, a journey through the world bringing you handcrafted and intentional goods. Her wedding dress is the epitome of handcrafted beauty, and so naturally her charming husband-to-be, Aaron, needed some handcrafted art for his feet!  The colors and intentions behind each piece of Charmie and Aaron's ceremony fills our hearts with joy!    << We would love to be part of your special day by making you a pair of custom boots. We can add embroidery, custom textiles, and new styles, to fully represent you...
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Love Stories -- Jacki + Chris

It all began as an instagram love affair between the Rock Your Bliss gals and Team Teysha. Who were these lively, inspiring rock stars, and when could we meet?! After sharing some sunset yoga and wine in Venice Beach with Jacki and Mary Beth, it was more than apparent that we were all of the same tribe. Rock Your Bliss is dedicated to empowering people to find and share their unique gifts with the world, and using goal setting and yoga to do so! We were beyond thrilled when Jacki got engaged and approached us about doing some uber special and full of love wedding boots for herself and her bridal party.  For her boots, Jacki wanted simple tones that were...
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World Weavers: Chichicastenango and Utz Baj Cooperative

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 did they make the patterns we had designed together, they innovated, added new colors and symbols, and created some of...
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Introducing the Eye of the Sky Boot

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 woman we work with is different, of course, but they all share this intense fire and drive to succeed. In...
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