Mano Made works directly with artisans to preserve indigenous methods for ethically produced textiles and accessories using sustainable materials. We celebrate creating meaningful items to adorn both bodies and homes, while using natural materials found in our artisans local environments. These pieces are made by hand with a story to tell.
A Letter from Our Founder
This journey began in 2017 when I, Caroline Kent, had an 'aha' moment and connected the dots to create a brand that perfectly blends my love of design, community, culture, slow living and indigenous empowerment. This idea hatched from collecting special items from my travels, such as home goods or clothing when visiting my family in Oaxaca. I treasured each piece and they naturally became the most sacred objects I possessed.
Studying anthropology in college led me to form an even deeper love for the diversity and uniqueness of cultures. I always felt a calling to live in Mexico, so I embarked on my journey of living in Oaxaca for a year and a half. I wanted to connect with my ancestors and learn more about where my mother grew up. I learned a lot from living in Oaxaca, where I met the most incredible artisans to collaborate with.
Mano Made items are a blend of my original designs, the designs of the artisans, and pieces I've seen used by the indigenous people of Mexico found in the Museo Nacional de Antropología in CDMX . Overall the brand is a curated reflection of my heart, of being a half Mexican woman who grew up in California, returning to the land of my ancestors throughout my life and the influence this had.