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      MEXICALI MAKERS: NYOMAN, INDONESIA

      MEXICALI MAKERS: NYOMAN, INDONESIA

      Meet Nyoman, the awesome Mexicali Maker who, working with her family, creates the the stunning rainbow of our handpainted batiks! Join Mexicali owners Pete and Kim as she takes us on a tour of her workplace and shows us how one of these gorgeous textile works-of-art is crafted.

      Mexicali co-owner Kim muses, “I remember when we discovered Nyoman, we were on a motor bike headed to a market outside of town and I spied some great hand painted chakra flags and wall hangings. I made Pete turn around!

      Upon entering Nyoman’s shop we were greeted with a huge smile and welcomed as if we had been working with her for years. We started with a small order which was no problem for her because she knew that her quality and attention to detail would keep us coming back with more and more orders. Nyoman’s beautiful smile and personality radiates happiness, kindness, and a feeling of being in the “now”.

      From designing to helping us pick out colors (which can be so difficult when they’re all SO gorgeous!), Nyoman has a way of making you feel that you are the only one that matters, even though you know she has many other buyers she is creating for.

      The hand painting of her fabrics is all done at her family compound (which is how the Balinese live, a communal living with extended family) and is simply amazing to see.

      So happy we turned around that day on the motor bike!”

      >>>>Check out some of Nyoman’s awesome handpainted batik HERE<<<<

       

      Holi with Anil

      MEXICALI MAKERS: Over 20 Years of Friendship in Jaipur, India!

      Meet the Mexicali Blues Makers; Anil, Gopal, his son Nikhil, and Diksha! One of our longest vendor relationships and most valued friends, we met Anil through a mutual friend on the very first day we were in India TWENTY-TWO YEARS AGO! Time really flies when you’re having fun, and it continues to be such a pleasure to work with and spend time with Anil and his family, who have become wonderful friends over the past two decades. Our visit this year was cut short but we know it will be just like old times when we go back to visit.
      Our children grew up playing with his children, and we are all so happy that now our two daughters are working together as part of our respective family businesses! Carly and Diksha working together feels even more special because women working together in this sort of business is not the norm in the male-dominated culture of India, though things are thankfully changing. When they first met and played together at Rajasthani themed village Chokhi Dhani many years ago, they had no idea that this beautiful future was where the path would lead them!
      Both of our businesses started small and have grown over the years, and we always go to them for many of the uniquely magical textiles that we sell in our stores. Specializing in the traditional art of block printing, they are keeping an ancient art technique alive! We are proud to work with Anil, Gopal, Nikhil, and Diksha, both for the quality of their artistry and the fact that they also believe that a happy healthy working environment where artisans are paid fairly for their skills is paramount. On top of having such a positive business relationship, it is one that is based in true friendship.  From sharing delicious home-cooked meals to celebrating traditional Indian festivals like Holi, when we get together we get work done while having FUN (and that’s the most important thing)!
      Check out Diksha and Carly's tour of the factory: 

      MEXICALI MAKERS: LALA, INDIA

      MEXICALI MAKERS: LALA, INDIA

      Meet LaLa! We started working with LaLa in 2018 when we met in Pushkar, India. In the past few years, we’ve been able to confirm we will be friends with for a long time! Through our relationship, we have been struck by the fact that LaLa is always giving kindness and respect to everyone around him. He thoroughly epitomizes our belief in "working with people who smile!” We first met him when we tagged along with our shipper who was dropping off labels to Lala for another client. We were immediately impressed with his samples, ethical production facility, and his absolutely contagious smile and positive personality. Although we had already spent our budget, we made a small order to appraise the quality and the timing of his production. After our initial order we decided to dedicate a serious portion of our buying budget to grow our relationship over the next few years.

      Working with LaLa has been a completely different process from our experience working with our other vendors. We had the opportunity to develop our on Mexicali clothing line and so we ventured to his small factory, overlooking the desert on the outskirts of Pushkar. First we decided on design samples, then the quantities, material, sizing and how many colors or prints for each design.

      Our next meeting was held eight hours away in a vast and extremely crowded clothing market outside of Delhi. Here we went to visit the big fabric wholesalers to choose our materials and prints! Having this opportunity gives us a whole new level of choices that are simply not available in other markets where our goods come from. Lala has great relationships with many of the larger suppliers who also adhere to the "working with people who smile" business philosophy.

      Working with LaLa makes what could be a long, grueling, and hectic process into a really fun and rewarding adventure with awesome outcomes and results!

      Journey along with Pete, Kim, and Carly as LaLa leads us through fabulous fabric markets that the local artisans frequent, where we found some of the most magical textiles for our awesome new clothing collection. You’ll see many of these creations now at Mexicali stores and mexicaliblues.com, with more coming this week!

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      MEXICALI MAKERS: DANIEL, BALI

      MEXICALI MAKERS: DANIEL, BALI

      Meet Daniel, the awesome Mexicali maker who crafts the unique patchwork pieces in our Java patch collection! Daniel is originally from Timor, an island at the southern end of Southeast Asia, but found his success on the island of Bali making Java patch items. He is yet another one of our collaborators with a contagious smile! Between he and Pete, the laughter is endless while we pick out and order new styles. We have been doing business with Daniel for over 10 years and feel lucky to have him on our team!
      Our customers love his creations from the Java Patch kid's shirt to the all time favorite scrunchie set!

        Check out Daniel's creations

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: CARLY’S TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: CARLY’S TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

      A lifelong traveler, Carly Erskine has been traveling with her parents, Mexicali co-owners Pete and Kim, since she was just a baby. With 20-something years of experience traveling and a solid preference for backpacks over wheel-y suitcases, she’s gotten packing light down to an art, even when venturing to three countries with very different climates on one trip. Wherever she’s headed, however, she always has a handful of essential items:

      • Comfy shoes that slide on and off easily in the airport security lines. Crocs aren’t the prettiest shoes in the world, but Carly loves their easy fit and that the holes on them drain easily when she’s traipsing through countries that have daily downpours!
      • E-reader. Traditional books are wonderful and we hope they never go away, but the lightweight capability of an e-reader to bring along a whole library full of books in one slim package is much appreciated when traveling light!
      • A head-lamp. Invaluable when camping, or walking at night in rural areas with lots of potholes and no street lights!
      • A large-brimmed hat. This gets used in every country Carly travels to! Even though it can feel colder in the mountains of Nepal than the balmy tropics of Thailand, higher elevations do put you closer to the sun, so it’s easy to get sunburned there too, if you’re not careful.
      • Snacks, headphones, and a neck pillow. These are the little things that make a long journey so much more pleasant. Tissues are also essential when traveling in countries that don’t traditionally use toilet paper.
      • Patches of some of the places Carly's been. A long plane ride always seems like the time they're actually going to get sewn on, but it hasn't quite happened yet! 
      • Climbing gear. An avid climber, Carly's always on the lookout for awesome rocks and cliffs to scale.
      • Entertaining games. This cribbage board goes everywhere Carly goes, and she’s played with friends from and in all parts of the world. A souvenir of where she’s been as well as a way to pass the time on long train rides, she keeps a running list of where she plays each game and the scores on the back of this board.
      • A Steal Your State frisbee. Carly loves meeting people through starting up a game of frisbee. Adults and kids all get in on the fun. Even when there is a bit of a language barrier, she loves connecting with those she meets through the universal communication of smiles and play!

        Whatever else Carly travels with, these essential items are always along for the journey! What do YOU never travel without?