Organic + Fair Trade + Recycle = Sustainable Knits

Aliso Viejo, California · 1032 Sales


Organic + Fair Trade + Recycle = Sustainable Knits

Aliso Viejo, California 1032 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner Momohana Kobo will be closed until the end of 2017.

***Please note that all the paid orders have shipped as of June 26, 2017.***

As always I thank you for your love and support.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 26, 2017

Momohana Kobo will be closed until the end of 2017.

***Please note that all the paid orders have shipped as of June 26, 2017.***

As always I thank you for your love and support.

Yoshie Nakagawa Wakabayashi

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Yoshie Nakagawa Wakabayashi


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Renée Moomjian

Inactive Etsy Member on Mar 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

These made such good gifts..They are very loved by the recipients. Yoshie creates the most beautiful crocheted items and cares about perfection. I will definitely keep coming back for more high quality handmade items.

Renée Moomjian

Inactive Etsy Member on Jan 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Once again I couldnt be happier with my purchase from Yoshie! This infinity scarf is wonderful. Its large enough to have my head and neck covered which I really like. The color is so pretty and natural and it goes with everything. The yarn is super soft and NOT itchy at all. It was very well made. Its been keeping me warm in this frigid climate since it arrived. Thank you Yoshie..I will absolutely be back <3

Retagene Hanslik

Retagene Hanslik on Jan 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Super-cute hat! Beautifully made and looks great on! Thanks for the sweet little extras, and the speady delivery too :-)

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Environmentally and Socially Responsible Handmade Knitwear

Momohana Kobo was founded in early 2010 and is based in a small home studio in Orange County, California. Everything is originally designed and hand-made by me. When it comes to fiber, we have enormous natural opportunities to support our planet’s biodiversity. I source yarns from environmentally and socially responsible sources, mostly from family owned companies/ farms or handmade artisans who share the same ethical principles as Momohana Kobo. Unlike mass-produced yarn, my yarn carries a story of its own with its unique personality, color, texture and weight.

Here are in-depth descriptions of the yarns that are used in Momohana Kobo.

✿CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON: Not only is the cotton grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, but it is processed organically— this includes the removal of dirt and wax in washing, the dying process, and the oils used in spinning cotton.

PLEASE NOTE that some yarn’s dying process is not done organically even though it is made from organic cotton. These yarns have been dyed in accordance with Oeko Tex Standard 100, which is globally tested and certified for the health and safety of textile products. If this is the kind of yarn that is used, it is mentioned in the listing description.

✿NATURAL COLORED ORGANIC COTTON: These cottons are bred to have colors, including beige, brown, and green. The cotton’s natural color doesn’t fade or bleed.

✿CERTIFIED ORGANIC WOOL: The wool is harvested from the sheep that are fed only organic grain and organic pasture forage. No synthetic hormones, vaccines, or genetic engineering are used. Just like organic cotton, the processing of the raw wool into yarn is also done organically.

✿HEMP: It is an ancient bast fiber that is strong and long wearing— the lifespan of hemp is the longest of all the natural fibers. Hemp breathes and works as natural isolators, which means it stays cooler in warm weather and warmer in cold weather. Hemp is highly resistant to ultraviolet light, which means it will not fade or disintegrate in sunlight. Indeed, it works as sun protection as hemp fiber absorbs up to 90% of UV radiation. Hemp doesn’t require pesticides and is easy to grow organically.

✿FAIR TRADE 100% YAK DOWN WOOL: This wool is from the company, Shokay who aims to source their yak fiber directly from Tibetan herders, enabling them to earn a sustainable living while reserving their traditional lifestyle. Like the cashmere of goats, yak hair is a secondary fiber, called down, grown each winter and shed in the spring. Each yak produces about 100g of fine downy fiber every year and this is how much weight of yarn I use to create one yak down beanie. The fiber is hand-combed from the yaks.

✿DARN GOOD YARNS: This small company is dedicated to helping women of India and Nepal become autonomous and self-reliant. They take manufactured waste, which would normally be sent to landfills, and repurpose it into artistic yarns. They selected 300 women in Nepal and India for their skill and offer them appropriate means to support their families by allowing these women to work from home.

- Thick and Thin Wool: 100% wool that is originally from New Zealand and handspun and dyed by women’s group in Nepal.

- Recycled Sari Ribbons: This upcycled yarn is created by women in co-ops who collect the remnants of sari silk fabric accumulated during the truing and trimming of the manufacturing process. I use this yarn for wrapping.

- 100% Banana Fibers: This sustainable yarn is made from the bark of a banana tree and handspun by women’s co-ops in India. I use this yarn for wrapping.

✿RECYCLED BLUE JEANS YARNS: 100% recycled yarn made from recycled blue jeans, made of 95% cotton and 5% other. It is 80% post consumer

✿VINTAGE COTTON YARN: This is 100% recycled yarn made of a blend of new recycled cotton from the garment industry, made of 75% cotton and 25% acrylic.

Here are the yarns that I don’t use and why.

✖︎CONVENTIONALLY FARMED COTTON: It is heavily dependent on pesticide and fertilizers and is most likely to be transported over long distances.

✖︎SYNTHETIC FIBER: A little more than half of global fiber production are synthetic fibers, known as polyester, nylon, and acrylic. They are all created from petroleum which is a kind of oil that comes from below the ground and we have a limited amount of it available to us on Earth. Also the heavy chemicals are used in the process of making fibers that have great potential for environmental pollution to the air and water.

PLEASE NOTE that some of my recycled/ upcycled yarns contain synthetic fibers, as they are disposed of from factories or other textile industries and are being repurposed to have a second life.

If you have any question or concern or just want to say hi, please feel free to message me.

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Warmest regards, Yoshie

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  • Yoshie Nakagawa

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    A Woman Behind Momohana Kobo, Knitting and Crochet Designer, Ashtanga Yogi, Japanese Calligrapher, Minimalist, Proud Mother to Senna and Momoca.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 15, 2016
My main goal is customer satisfaction. Please review each listing in depth and check sizes, colors etc prior to purchase. I will always answer any and as many questions you may have to ensure customer satisfaction. Feel free to send me Etsy convo or email ( if you have any questions or concerns.

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✿ In other to claim a refund due to your dissatisfaction with the product, please return it to me, unused and in original condition within 7 days of receipt. I will refund or exchange it for another item for the same value. However, please note that shipping costs are to be paid by the customer.

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✿ Domestic US packages ship with Delivery Confirmation, and delivery time averages 2 to 5 business days.

✿ International packages can take anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks to arrive, but the vast majority arrive within 8 to 10 business days. Unfortunately, there is no tracking or delivery confirmation available.

✿ Please expect 1 to 2 weeks for your item to be made and prepared for shipment. I ship every Tuesday and Friday by USPS first class mail.
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✿ I would love to make items that are truly custom to your liking and are unique to you! If you have an idea, I would love to turn it into something tangible just for you. Please feel free to send me Etsy convo or email (