KaleidoCollection

Durham, North Carolina

KaleidoCollection

Home & personal accessories with Guatemalan inspirition

Durham, North Carolina | On Etsy since 2018

Announcement    Thank you so much for checking out Kaleido Collection! Find us on Instagram: @KaleidoCollection to learn more about our products, how they're made and the inspiration behind them. Plus, you'll find out the latest info on what we're up to and where we'll be for local markets. Thanks for stopping by!

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Last updated on Oct 29, 2018

Thank you so much for checking out Kaleido Collection! Find us on Instagram: @KaleidoCollection to learn more about our products, how they're made and the inspiration behind them. Plus, you'll find out the latest info on what we're up to and where we'll be for local markets. Thanks for stopping by!

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About KaleidoCollection

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On Etsy since 2018

What's behind Kaleido Collection?

Kaleido Collection brings a little bit of Guatemala closer to you by offering home and personal accessories and jewelry that are handcrafted by Guatemalan artisans, all of whom set their own wage, as well as products that are made with inspiration from Guatemala.

What’s behind the name? Kaleido (as in kaleidoscope) means beautiful form in Greek, and there are so many beautiful things in Guatemala – the breathtaking landscapes, detailed craftsmanship and especially the gracious and hospitable people.

The Δ or delta sign as the letter A is a symbol of change. We as individuals can always strive for better change in our actions – no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

The spiral in the letter O is a symbol of nature and the nautilus shell, representing natural beauty and growth. While we continue to change and evolve it should be done in a way that’s in tune with the earth.

Why Guatemala?

I first came to know and live in the beautiful country of Guatemala through working at an NGO focused on coffee communities and getting to know coffee farmers and the skilled work and art of coffee. Along the way I met several artisans, some who have generations of craft experience and others who are newfound makers. What started as purchases and custom-made requests for myself turned into a desire to share these beautiful forms with others while supporting talented artisans – not for the sake of “giving back” to the community, but to provide additional opportunities and meaningful work for gifted crafters. Nearly all of the Kaleido pieces are part of a collaborative process between multiple makers.

Getting to know Guatemalan craftwork and art also encouraged me to pursue my own creativity, drawing from Guatemalan inspiration. Some of the pieces in the collection are my own, but I have the people I’ve met along the way to thank for sparking my imagination with their beautiful designs and craftsmanship.

Sourcing

Using sustainable materials and methods wherever possible is central to Kaleido. Natural dyes, minimizing waste and using scraps and recycled materials are some of the aspects incorporated into pieces.

Artisan relationships are also the heart of Kaleido. Valuing artisans’ work and time is unfortunately not the norm for many of the things we consume and buy. Kaleido hopes to be a small part of that change along with many other like-minded organizations that seek to make just and dignified work the only acceptable practice. Makers are compensated at or above wages that they set themselves.

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