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The Teysha Journal

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

Diversity is brilliance. Small is beautiful. 

Hello Teysha World,  Today is Small Business Saturday, a nice little reaction to the mega madness that is Black Friday. If there's any silver lining to this succession  of commercialism , it is that underneath all of these businesses, both big and small, Amazon or your local fair trade boutique, it's that  people are investing in each other  through trade, creating and sustaining jobs and actively crafting our world.  It is an act of creation at the core.  Every dollar spent is a vote... we've all heard this. In reality, it's much more. It's an extension of you. Your investment into creating both the world around you as well as that of the people crafting, manufacturing, farming and trading. Through the...
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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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Love Stories --- Austin and Randall <3 Adventure Forth

Our hearts just melted when one of our insta-buddies, Austin, emailed us these to-die-for photos of her and her sweet fiance. We feel so lucky to be a small part of their adventure-loving story! Cheers!!  He's from Atlanta, GA. She's from Charlotte, NC. He grew up the youngest of three, she grew up the oldest of three. They call him Louie, they call her Ollie.   We met in college (Roll Tide!). After moving out to West Texas for a job, Randall and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Moving away from our friends and family was a big step but we've defiantly made the most of it and become best friends because of it. Being new...
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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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The Teysha Guide To Austin

Austin, TX seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, topping of all the “best cities to live in” lists, drawing people with its BBQ, weird spirit, and endless supply of live music.  Where else in the country can you find a convergence of hipsters, tech-ies, eccentrics, fashionitas, musicians.. and bats.  For Team Teysha, no matter what the changes growth brings, it will always be home sweet home and our mecca of Weird and inspiration.  Pretty much year round, we always joke that the order of activities is Swim / Eat / Dance -- with our usually warm weather and plentiful swimming and places to play and be active, Austin magically strikes the balance between a playful city and one who...
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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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Behind the scenes -- Sonia's story

Persistence.   Sonia’s life is the picture of dedication and persistence. When you first meet her, she is quiet, and even seems shy, but you quickly realize she has a powerful force within her. Her mind is always focused on managing the different aspects of her business. She is beyond humble, and with each year we get to know her, we realize how infinitely limitless her potential is.  We have had the privilege of getting to know Sonia’s story over the past three years.   Persistence and humility were instilled in Sonia by her father, whose story is riddled with tragedy and determination. By age eight, he was an orphan living on the streets, taking care of his two infant brothers. He...
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