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Why We’re Crowdfunding to Grow Our Handmade Business

Why We’re Crowdfunding to Grow Our Handmade Business

Many people have asked me how I first got started with my artisan-made business Kakaw Designs. The short answer is this: through a small Kickstarter project for $2000. That was my way of figuring out if people liked the idea of custom-made boots using traditional Guatemalan textiles. The answer was yes, and we’ve grown so much...

4 Most Common Dilemmas of an Artisan Made Brand

4 Most Common Dilemmas of an Artisan Made Brand

When I was just starting up Kakaw Designs around three years ago, I remember getting into an argument with a friend.  Driving through a neighborhood full of pacas (literally translated “bales,” which is how leftover second-hand clothes come down to Guatemala from the US and are opened for sale), we agreed that the weaving tradition...