Our goal is simple. By combining design with traditional weaving and leatherwork, we create high-quality products and support talented local artisans.


Kakaw Designs and Corazón del Lago from Kakaw Designs on Vimeo.

Our current partners are:

Weaving Cooperative Corazón del Lago in Lake Atitlán, whose members dye and weave textiles the traditional way, with a backstrap loom.  Francisca, one of the founders of the cooperative, oversees this process often involving 15 or more women for a single order.  She always works her textile magic, providing us only the best of the best.


Claribel from Sumpango is the leader of the embroidery group.  She's in charge of distributing the work among the women, and making sure that they each know exactly what to do - colors, designs, techniques... it's a lot of work!  She visits the embroiderers regularly to make sure that everything is in order.  

Claribel at Kakaw Designs
Our newest partner artisans are in Cobán, making this weaving cooperative the most rural of our partners.  The women specialize in a very regional, delicate weave called "picbil."  We love this traditional weave, and we're excited to be incorporating this technique into our designs.
Coban weaver partners Kakaw Designs

Don Julio has over 46 years of experience as a leathersmith, and patiently oversees the careful production of our boots and shoes.  He is super picky with his team, and has confessed that he can't sleep when he realizes that he has made a mistake.  Don Julio, we love your dedication!

Don Meme and his team of leathersmiths delicately craft our bag designs into reality.  He's also the one who directly helps with product development for bags - it's not easy to transform Mari's scribbles into real products!

Handmade. Heartfelt.