High quality baby bandana bibs, kids t-shirts & more!

Montreal, Canada

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About Matelele

Sales 2,865
On Etsy since 2013

Matelelé : A Story of drooling babies, nursing moms, fabric-shopping additiction and colour love!

Short story :
I got pregnant. Twice. I met Lucia, the textile designer. My Kids drooled. I wanted something absorbent and colorful. And I needed to look good while nursing in public. All Matelelé products are made with lots and lots of love by 2 friends.

Long story:
When a while ago (not thaaaat long ago) I became a mother and together with my friend Lucia who is an amazingly talented textile designer we realised two things :
1- There weren't a lot of cute, affordable, chic and stylish nursing dresses for breastfeeding moms.
2- My babies kept producing an unbelievable amount of spit and drool and we needed to do something about it.
The solution to this excessive drooling needed to be colorful, absorbent and look great on my kids. But most of all, it had to be something handmade. In Argentina, where Lucia and I were born and raised, there is a well-established culture of shopping for handmade items in fairs, small shops and even from artisans selling their products on the streets. From a young age we learn to appreciate things that are one-of-a-kind and created by someone in their house or atelier, not in a factory; Things made with love and care, not with sweat and threats and tears.
That's how Matelelé was born: Two creative friends coming together to address two of the issues that troubled a nursing mom of a serious drooler. That is what we design, make and sell: breastfeeding clothes, other related accessories and funky bibs for small babies with big personalities.
Matelelé is a made up word composed from two separate terms. Mate - are the first four letters of the word "maternity" - and also "maté" is a beverage widely drank in South America, were Lucia and I are originally from. "Lelé" comes from the French term "Le Lait" which means milk. And this is how both my kids refer to their beverage of choice.

We draw inspiration from everyday items, from things babies need and moms find useful.

We use all kinds of fabrics in our designs: from designer fabrics to organic cotton, to pure cotton pillow cases with fun patterns or recycled fabrics. In our creative process we'll use anything that we find remarkable, funny or simply cute and that can stand the test of the washing/drying machine and -of course- my kids.

But most of all, since this is the project of two friends, what we love the most is working together, drinking Maté, lattés, coffee, talking about every single subject imaginable to mankind and listening to endless playlists (thanks to Songza!). We are always honest with each other and know how to encourage one another to bring out the best in us. In addition to thread and fabric, we put a lot of love in our products. We are very grateful for every sale we make because every dollar that goes into our pockets doesn't go to a bushy-eyebrowed CEO that runs child-operated sweatshops in Bangladesh.

Shop members

  • Mel Serangelo

    Owner, Marketer, Photographer

    Hi there! I'm Mel, I'm the co-owner of Matelelé. I do the screenprinting, photography, marketing, sales & create some of our designs!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 5, 2015
Thank you for visiting our shop! Everything we create, we make it with love so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We want you to love our products as much as we love making them.
Which is A LOT.
Oodles and oodles of love.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Due to the nature of our products we cannot offer refunds - However, we will offer repairs when possible or replacements if any of our creations are defective.
The buyer would be responsible for shipping the product back to us, and we will reship it at our own expense.
We accept paypal, etsy gift cards and all major credit cards.
We usually ship withing 5-10 business days unless the item is in stock and ready to ship.
Unless indicated in the listing, insurance and tracking number are not included, and are never included outside US and Canada.
If you would like insurance or tracking, please message me, otherwise I'm unable to cover lost packages (it has never happened to me before).

Shipping within Canada takes 3-7 business days
Shipping to the U.S. takes 5-10 business days
Shipping to everywhere else is 10-20 business days. Packages to Europe can take as much as 4 weeks, this is out of our control so please be patient!

I combine shipping and will try to reduce and reuse shipping material as much as possible. Contact me if you need gift wrapping or you want me to include a card for the recipient, I will do so gladly.

If shipping charges are overcharged for over 3$, a refund will be issued to the client.
Additional policies and FAQs
We love custom orders! If you'd like a dress, a baby item, a scarf, anything you can think of in one of our fabrics, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll create a custom listing for you.
For wholesale pricing and information please contact us at info (at)