Today’s post is about an afternoon tea spent with Mari Gray of Kakaw Designs. Kakaw Designs has a store here on Collectivitea and they sell artisan-made textile products. Now, if you’ve been reading OUATT for even a short time, you know of my obsession with textiles and so, to have Mari open a Collectivitea store here was a big thrill for me. The handmade textile products are made in Guatemala by artisan communities. Mari herself lives there, and she designs and works with different communities- weavers, leather workers, to name just two- and sells the products both locally and online. There are textile wraps, scarves, pendants, bags, wallets and beautiful leather boots. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check them out. Their organization embodies so much of what Collectivitea represents- creativity, entrepreneurship, artisanal, handmade. Indie. Cool. Now that you have the background, I want you to imagine yourself in the lush Guatemalan landscape and go on a visit with me to see how tea time looks at Mari’s house..
I am thinking of the beautiful shine to the plants after a rainfall. The droplets of water that smoothly slide off the slick leaves. The ‘plop’ sound they make when the fall into a puddle. The steam gently rising from a pot of ginger and black pepper chai. And the gorgeous textiles. How dreamy is that?!
I talked to Mari when she visited California earlier in the summer, and our podcast-style conversation can be heard in the upcoming issue of the OUATT magazine. We talked about big city living, entrepreneurial dreams and what the word ‘kakaw’ means. When you subscribe to our newsletter, you get complimentary access to our digital magazine, so don’t miss these lovely conversations- I always feel like I am gathered with friends for tea. Our next issue comes out this week and all you will need is a pot of tea because we bring the company :). To visit Kakaw Designs at Collectivitea, click here.
Image credits/courtesy of Mari Gray.