Teysha – Kuna Kicks

Teysha – Kuna Kicks

While seeking a model that helps build enterprise within traditional craft communities, the Teysha organisation has started up to inspire experience through travel and rich cultural diversity. Beginning in the tribal villages of Latin America, Teysha aims to help local artisans explore their opportunities throughout the western marketplace, by creating business models for their production and helping them to grow their local economies through the export of their goods.

Their first project lies with the Kuna women of Panama, to produce these traditionally woven comfort slip-ons. The workmanship involved is derived straight from the local crafts that have evolved in that region over centuries, and these women bring with them a lifetime of knowledge and skill to their work.

“Kuna Kicks are made from hand stitched Mola tapestries made by the indigenous Kuna women of Central America. Each textile has hundreds of tiny, intricate stitches and unique patterns derived from the nature around the Kuna.  These indigenous women have been making these traditional tapestries for more than a century. Each shoe is made from a different cut of a completely unique hand-sewn piece of art, therefore each shoe is completely unique.”

As a special introduction to Teysha, we are offering one of our lucky readers their very own pair of Kuna Kicks. All you need to do is go to our facebook page, and tell us why you like them!

Katie Gannon

After running an ethical fashion label for 5 years, I started this blog in 2007 after learning first hand about the importance of sustainability in fashion design. I am a passionate environmentalist and wish to promote individuals and organisations around the world working on innovative design. I have a BA in Communications / Media as well as a Cert IV in Clothing Production, and run my own graphic design company at www.katiegannon.com

  • Elaine
    Posted at 05:19h, 01 January Reply

    Great post, really enjoyed it!
    — Elaine


  • kids footwear
    Posted at 23:45h, 01 October Reply

    Buying eco friendly shoes is another way of helping the environment while improving the quality of life for both consumers and workers. By incorporating animal rights, sustainability and fair labor practices into their design, eco friendly shoes will help you take your first steps to greening your fashion.

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