The artists of Mistura create timepieces that are pieces of art. They have reinvented the watch using elements of wood, flowers, architectural design, and a reuse of common materials in the most uncommon way. Mistura does all this while being environmentally conscious. The end result is timeless. www.mistura.com.
Mistura will be showing at Booth 246 at the Los Altos Rotary’s Fine Art in the Park on May 20, 2017 and May 21, 2017.
Alpaca by Karim: We are proud to make and craft our own alpaca products offering pure alpaca and blends as well.
Some styles are available in more than one blend. We offer you high quality products, competitive prices and beautiful designs for the modern woman. . In May 2002 we started the long path to what is now our business. We are a U.S.A. company and we have developed our business here.
Our alpaca garments are not massive made but instead carefully handle and made one by one in a professional knitting shop.
We design and then made, detail and tailor every single piece from yarn, not from rolls of pre-knitted fiber as are made in big factories. We make our alpaca product either handmade, hand crafted by a personal domestic knitting machine (old fashion knitting) or using a combination of both.
Avoiding an industrial process in our alpaca line is not a logistic or financial decision, we do not want to make our sweaters in an industrial machine, making them in a domestic machine is the main key of our process. In an industrial machine the roll is cut and then parts are sewed together to construct the desired piece. A piece made in a domestic machine from yarn compared with the same design made in an industry is completely different. Our Garment will drape and flow beautifully, we will shape the sweater as the body needs and we will apply the right tension to the knitting to improve how it fits. It drastically will overcome on everything to the one made in an industry.
Our Social Commitment
For every single piece sold on-line we donate one dollar to Peruvian Organizations who works for children and communities in need seeking to create a sustainable future.
Almost every design begins as a twinkle in Greg’s eye. Once a design is finalized, Greg begins the work of making a set of steel rule dies from the pattern pieces. Dies are what enable us to make our bags efficiently. In the commercial world, cutting dies cost a great deal of money but because Greg is a die maker, this helps us to keep the price of our work reasonable and to offer multiple styles. Each pattern die is carefully positioned on the appropriate leather (lining, body, or gusset) and then cut on a swing arm press. The pieces are then assembled and sewn together. We use a technique called “stitch in the ditch” to bind the edges of the bag. This method is almost never used in commercial bags. It requires stitching the binding down twice, once blind and then hand trimming the excess. This gives our bags their distinctive look. After that, the hardware and straps are attached and it’s ready to go.
In order to make the best bags, you have to have the best leather.
Our outside leather is a vegetable tanned top grain cowhide similar to saddle leather. The color is drum dyed into the leather for full color penetration. It is embossed to our specifications at our English tannery using our own embossing plates. To accentuate the texture a pigmented topcoat is applied to the leather after the embossing. This topcoat helps to protect the leather and gives it a lustrous finish. Our lining and binding leather is made for us in the USA. We use a soft but sturdy chrome tanned cowhide that we have treated with a protective colorfast finish. The leather we use for straps and gussets is often referred to as motorcycle leather and is similar to the lining leather but thicker and tougher. Greg’s wife Sara was a fiber artist for years before she married Greg. She is responsible for the three-color combinations we use on our bags and they show her artistic touch. We use lambskin for the decorative binding because it is available in fashion colors.
We choose our hardware based on it’s beauty, functionality, and durability.
It’s not unusual for us to see a bag that has been used over twenty years with its original hardware still working. We feel confident yours will last as long.
Soft Suiting for Women
PalaPala are classic soft suiting pieces with a modern twist. I use natural fabrics including tencel, ghost and bemberg. These fabrics are the closest to silk in feel with a fluid hand and drape. In clothing these fabrics provide a natural breathability and they are more absorbent than cotton. They easily ‘wick’ away moisture, making them ‘cool’ in hot humid climates. All are made from natural cellulose found in wood and are 100% biodegradable.
Barbara Hall Short Bio
The garment design, patterns, sizing and color choices are all from the result of having so many women try on and wear my garments. I think it is also a result of having a BS degree and 3 yrs. Post Grad in textiles and clothing from the University of Minnesota, managing retail fabric stores, selling fabric wholesale, owning an alterations business and a lifetime of involvement with creating garments. Garments that sell and that are worn!
All pieces are garment dyed rich deep tones. Dying users hot water/dryer and shrinks the garment to its purchased size.
Please visit our website, we look forward to seeing you at the Fine Art in the Park and enjoying a PalaPala garment!