Today we would like to recognize a peculiar Etsy shop called NAÏVE, offering unique pieces of natural textile art as clothing, accessories, and decor. Items include handbags, clutches, shawls, blouses, and wall hangings made of pure natural fibers such as wool and silk.
The woman behind this distinctive shop is Nerieda Bonmati, based out of Oaxaca, Mexico where she collaborates with several indigenous communities to help keep their prodigious crafts. Her background is in costume design for films and theatre in Spain which soon brought her to live a textile adventure, discovering Mexican techniques that are all so very inspiring. She highly believes in "Slow Fashion" using chemical free, higher quality materials and natural dyes to support her creative process.
We are honored to introduce Kona Mali Creations on Etsynch for the second time this year! Kona Mali Creations specializes in beautiful lace dresses, tutus, hairpieces, and jewelry for young girls and toddlers. It is an Etsy shop, based out of New York, NY with a large wedding customer base. Kona Mali Creations dresses and accessories are also perfect for portraits and birthdays.
Owner Donna Otto was a former ballet dancer who lived to wear tutus and beautiful headpieces. She is now a stay at home mom with three beautiful girls and one handsome boy. Her children happily inspire her to create timeless children's clothing and accessories. Some of Otto's favorite material's to use are tulle, lace, vintage fabrics, pearls, beads, chiffon, silk, satin, rhinestones, and flowers. You will find that she uses them thoughtfully and is a fabulous designer.
Today, we would love to feature several of Otto's charming products with special attention to the "Autumn Dress" as shown below. This is a a sophisticated dress, gorgeously handmade with lace, scalloped edges, and 3/4 length sleeves. It comes in soft white, cream/ivory, red and pink. The interior is lined with a soft cotton so that your child can sit and dance freely - no bothers, no itches - just comfort. Add some her pearl jewelry and it is the perfect ensemble for any special occasion!
Today we are extremely pleased to feature beautiful handmade gold, silver, and gemstone jewelry by Malka Ravina Jewelry, an Etsy shop based in Israel. Malka Ravina jewelry is one of a kind including 14K gold and sterling silver rings, earrings, and necklaces. Some pieces encompass semi-precious stones with a delicate oriental design, hand-carved and engraved by owner, Malka. These embellishments are the perfect bridesmaids gifts, weddings bands, or simply as a special gift for her.
Malka has been in the industry for several years and shared a few wonderful words with us. She kindly states, "I always wanted to be a jeweler but, at that time, in the kibbutz this was not considered as "productive" work… so I became a special education teacher for students with disabilities and special needs. I was always a very creative teacher but never gave up my desire for jewelry. Fifteen years ago I decided to make my dream come true. For a few years I studied jewelry, precious metals and semi precious stones and after a lot of practice in crafting and engraving techniques I became a jeweler and gradually developed my own distinct style and design."
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