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The Teysha Journal — Shoes

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

TEYSHA TOUR: THE MOUNTAINS

As we left Tennessee and drove through Virginia, we decided to explore some mountain back roads. The path less traveled is always a good idea: we found bursting roadside gardens, which added so much vibrancy to the little towns. We found a treasure-filled antique shop, and an old-fashioned mill built in 1750, which we loved because it showed nature’s clean, … Continue reading →
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TEYSHA TOUR: KICKIN IT

Yesterday we shot some of our favorite outfits paired with Kuna Kicks! The Kuna Kicks are made with fabric hand stitched by women in Panama. All proceeds from the Kuna Kicks at Bonnaroo go towards a nonprofit we’re starting in Guatemala!
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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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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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Giveaway with Keep Austin Stylish!

 We are so excited that Keep Austin Stylish is doing a Kuna Kicks giveaway with us!!  Visit the blog at http://keepaustinstylish.com/2012/10/giveaway-kuna-kicks/# and fill out the form to be entered to win! Good luck!  And if you don't win, be sure to come check us out at Austin City Limits this weekend!
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Project Twist: People and Nature. Artists and Farmers.

  We are SO excited to announce the launch of Project Twist this weekend in Austin!! We'll also be filming for our upcoming Kick Starter campaign, AND having a sale on our brand new Kuna Kicks!  This is going to be a very family friendly event, so come one, come all! And if you haven't been before, HOPE Farmers Market is a wonderful place to grab breakfast or lunch.  Project Twist: People and Nature. Artists and Farmers. Supporting conservation and sustainable agriculture projects locally and globally. Organic Texas cotton t-shirts printed with local art, and a twist by you. Brought to you by: HOPE Campaign and Teysha.  Come down to the HOPE farmer's market on Sunday the 15th for the launch...
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Journeys in Kuna Yala: Part One

The morning had begun bright and early, with me stepping out of my ocean side hut and leaving the quiet Isla Azuelo to go and hang out on Carti Sugdup. The Kuna community comes alive by 6:45 am, and it being Satrurday all the kids were outside playing volleyball, soccer, running around. I heard some music and peered through a line of huts and saw the whoosh and whirl of big skirts. As I peeped in, there was a group of about 20 kids practicing the "tipico" dance of the Los Santos region in the Azuero Peninsula. Not a community related to the Kunas, but the children were practicing the dances for a school celebration of Panamanian cultures. The boys...
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Kuna Kicks: an investment into people and nature.

 The Kuna are a vibrant people, fiercely independent, and live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. They inhabit the Comarca Kuna Yala, an autonomous region of Panama that consists of roughly 360 absolutely stunning islands off of the Panamanian isthmus and the inward strip of the mainland.  On these lands they live a very traditional lifestyle and sustain themselves through fishing in their dugout canoes, subsistence agriculture, hunting, gathering, their art form (Mola making), and, increasingly so, tourism. Their islands boast a gazillion coconuts palms, sand so soft you might decide to stay, and, of course, hammocks galore. In fact, the Kuna revere hammocks so much they are married, buried, and even conduct official village business...
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