Recently I was introduced to a small online business that sells handmade women’s boots and bags called Kakaw Designs. Seth met the company’s founder, Mari, before his work at the school they both taught at in the Galapagos four years ago and mentioned the ethical concept of her business.
When scrolling through the company’s Instagram (kakawdesigns) account I was not only drawn to the colorful textile designs woven along the upper rim of a pair of stylish leather boots, but also, and especially, to the community concept and sustainable premise of the business. Kakaw Designs supports Indigenous Guatemalan women by helping spread awareness of traditional Guatemalan textile-making and gives them the resources to create unique designs that reflect their creativity and culture.
I was inspired upon reading the company’s story and philosophy on their website because I believe it reiterates many of our own values. Like La Paz Group, Kakaw Designs strives to conserve, but conserve an art that encapsulates a way of living for Guatemalan women who sustain Guatemalan culture.