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Beautiful Functional Indigo Shibori Bags Hand-Crafted in Hawaii

I create bags that are so beautiful you'll want to use them everyday for everything and so strong you can.

 My Kickstarter project preview page: 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inikoa/1186052226?token=45aa8aac

project goal: $ 4,800.

Hi Kickstarter! Thanks for checking out my project. 

I am an artist, photographer, print maker, graphic designer and textile designer.

And I am a Shibori artisan. Shibori is a fabric dyers art form. The word shibori comes from the Japanese root word ‘shiboru’ that means, “to wring, squeeze, press”. Cloth is prepared for the dye bath by binding and knotting, tying, stitching and stringing. 

I have been studying and practicing Shibori for over 10 years.

Hawaii just instituted a plastic bag ban across the state. So last year knowing that this bag ban was coming, I started to use my custom Shibori textiles to make bags. I incorporate Hawaiian grown Indigo into my indigo vat and hand dye the fabrics (twill and denim) using traditional and non traditional shibori techniques. 

I then pair them with leather and/or wax canvas, creating beautiful and functional bags that are so pretty you can't wait to use them everyday for everything and strong enough so you can.

My company name is INIKOA (a Hawaiian word for Indigo) and this line of bags is called "CHOTTO FUNKY"

Chotto Funky is a mix of Japanese and English that translates to mean "A little bit Funky"

Chotto (Japanese)  = a little, just, slightly, somewhat

Funky (English) = authentic; earthy,  exciting, stylish and modern in an unconventional way

Why I need your help.

I want to source as much of my materials from the US as possible. And I'd like to buy materials in bulk and at a wholesale rates. I am going to use Horween leather from Chicago, so I'll need some money to buy some hides up front. And I'll be buying my wax canvas from Fairfield Textiles, out of New Jersey.

I need to buy some equipment and tools to finish the bags with leather the way I want to. Your funds will help me buy:

a rivet press
an industrial iron
a leather skiver
a leather branding iron to create my labels
a used washing machine for the dyed fabric
more indigo

skilled labor for sewing the bags together. I will be doing most of the sewing myself but I already have a lot of interest and requests for my bags so I expect I'll need to hire some one to help me get these out into the stores and boutiques and into your hands.

I also need to buy the raw materials in bulk to get these bags into production. The more materials I can buy in bulk the more it lowers my cost and the cost of the final product for the consumer.

I have some great rewards that you'll love, some rewards are my hand dyed Indigo textiles like silk scarves and some are screen printed items with the logo and my family "Mon" (emblem or crest) on the front.  (Mon (紋?  are Japanese emblems used to decorate and identify an individual or family.)

And of course some of the rewards are the bags themselves.

Rewards:

Pledge $1 or more

Plenty Aloha!

Pledge $5 or more

A Puka Shell from Hawaii and Plenty Aloha!

Pledge $10 or more

A Puka Shell, a postcard from Hawaii and Plenty Aloha!

Pledge $15 or more

Puka Shell, Bandana and Plenty Aloha!

Pledge $20 or more

 Puka Shell and 2 Bandanas  and Plenty Aloha!

Pledge $25 or more

Puka Shell and a Habotai Silk scarf measuring 14" by 72" dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all scarves are handmade and no two will look alike. And Plenty Aloha!

Pledge $35 or more

 Puka Shell and a Chiffon Silk scarf measuring 22" by 90" dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all scarves are handmade and no two will look alike. And Plenty Aloha

Pledge $50 or more

 Puka Shell, and a clutch dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed and no two will look alike. And Plenty Aloha!

Pledge $65 or more

Puka Shell and a cross-over bag dyed in the "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabrics are handmade and no two will look alike. And Plenty Aloha! 

Pledge $70 or more

 Exclusive Early Bird Special. Puka Shell and 6-pack market bag, in your choice of limited Hawaiian print. Black and white Hawaiian print. This 6 pack bag has canvas or wax canvas bottoms and handles. With rivet reinforced handles. This bag is not created using leather.

Pledge $70 or more

 Exclusive Early Bird Special. Puka Shell and 6-pack market bag, in the limited Hawaiian Burgundy and green earth tone print. This 6 pack bag has canvas or wax canvas bottoms and handles. With rivet reinforced handles. This bag is not created using leather.

Pledge $75 or more

 Puka Shell and 6-pack market bag, "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed and no two will look alike. This 6 pack bag has canvas or wax canvas bottoms and handles. With rivet reinforced handles. This bag is not created using leather.

Pledge $90 or more

 Puka Shell and tall market bag, "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed and no two will look alike. This tall maket bag has canvas or wax canvas bottoms and handles. With rivet reinforced handles. This bag is not created using leather.

Pledge $120 or more

 Puka Shell and 6-pack market bag, "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed and no two will look alike. This 6 pack bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet reinforced handles.

Pledge $140 or more

 Puka Shell and tall market bag, "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed this tall market bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet rein

Pledge $195 or more

Early Bird Special. A Puka Shell and resort size bag, "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed this resort size bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet reinforced handles.

Pledge $225 or more

A Puka Shell and resort size bag, "style of your Shibori choice from 1-5" remember all fabric is hand dyed this resort size bag has a leather bottom and leather handles. With rivet reinforced handles.

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