STAY IN THE KNOW

Sign up to our newsletter and receive $15 towards your first order

No Thanks

The Teysha Journal — sustainable

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

Fasten Your Seatbelts!

Another week has passed and with the adventures continuing the emotions have run high, low, and everywhere in between… I am shocked this week has already brought October and the beginning of my last 6 weeks here this fall. In my case, the saying “time flies when you are having fun” can definitely be modified to “island time flies when you are enjoying your projects.” Since last weekend my programs have only continued to blossom into concrete plans and I have had absolutely incredible personal experiences. To truly allow you all to vicariously live through my experience, this week’s post will not only give you a peek into the excitement of my past 2 weeks, but also give you a...
Read more

Life on the Isla -- settling in to Ustupu!

My new love: Ustupu, Kuna Yala! #nofilter (hehe) Nuedi (Hola/Hello) Ani (Amigos/Friends)! I have spent the past week and a half in the beautiful Kuna Yala island of Ustupu and am still in disbelief that it has only been that long and more importantly that this is my new home, complete with a sand floor hut and zero English, for the next 2 months. Each day feels like several have passed even though my schedule is not nearly as jam packed as I am accustomed to in the states. This place truly is paradise with beautiful caribbean water, mountains, hammocks everywhere, and many a passing smiles. While this week has been a roller coaster of emotions from initial extreme culture...
Read more

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...
Read more

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!    
Read more

Luz y Fortaleza

Teysha + Luz y Fortaleza We have been searching for an ally in Panama, someone who shares our vision, desire to empower, and love for traditional art. Several months ago, we were introduced to Michael, Rodelick, Sue, and Augustin of Fundacion Luz y Fortaleza Indigena (Indigenous light and Strength). From the moment we first spoke, we could feel very strongly that we had met our partners, the people who shared our dream of holistic prosperity, and who wanted to make it happen. Last week, we had the honor of meeting the Foundation in Panama. We journeyed together to the island of Ustupu, the most populated island in Kuna Yala and the home of Sue and Agustin, and Rodelick. The island...
Read more

Spring Collection to Debut During SXSW at The Neighborhood!

 Teysha is excited to announce that we will be debuting our amaaaazing Spring collection at The Neighborhood pop up shop event on 2nd street from March 11-14th! We are stoked to be in the company of some awesome brands and this event which focuses on the intersection of style, music, and Austin funkiness. We can't wait to share our Spring collection of Kuna Kicks and reveal our Guate Boots to the world!    For more information on The Neighborhood, please see this press release! See y'all there!
Read more

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...
Read more

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE - Gifts That Give

  Announcing the first ever Gifts That Give -  Holiday Marketplace! We have joined together with five AWESOME socially conscious, Austin-based companies to launch our first-ever Gifts That Give Holiday marketplace! Together, we aim to offer the Austin community a one-stop shop where you can be confident that each of your purchases helps empower people locally and globally. Our mission-driven companies represent communities from around the world, and we'll have special gifts for the whole family! We will be set up from Satuday, December 1st to Saturday, December 8th, 11-7pm every day. The market is located inside the building at 5th and Waller (where the HOPE Market is held), and there is PLENTY of parking! Come join us and shop...
Read more

GUATE KICKS!!!

We are so excited to announce the beginnings of our work in the wonderful country of Guatemala!  We have long been fascinated by this country, rich with history, art, and culture, and friendly people, and it is a true honor to have the opportunity to work there. Walking in the markets there feels like you are in the Mecca of hand crafted beauty. We'd like to take a moment and introduce to you our newest product, Guate Kicks! Our good friend Andres has been urging us to begin work in his home country of Guatemala. He introduced us to Sonia, who is famous in the markets of Antigua for making a lot of artisan goods. She and her community are the...
Read more

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!
Read more