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Horisaki: Controlled Burn

Horisaki Design & Handel create handmade pieces ranging from wide brim fedoras to stylized caps… often subjected to their signature controlled burn.

Founded by husband and wife, Makoto and Karin Horisaki, the company is tucked deep in the forests of Sweden. Their Småland workshop is dedicated to carrying on traditional millinery techniques in the way they craft headwear. One of their most surprising techniques is the burning of their hats.

Using a blowtorch they set fire to the hat, being careful to not let the piece burn too long. The controlled burn creates a slightly distressed finish that is unique to each piece. Although daring, the end result is delicate and thoughtful. After beginning to experiment with this process six years ago, they have found it to be a favorite among their styles and Horisaki Design & Handel have been regularly using fire in their work ever since. 

Makoto and Karin meld together Japanese and Swedish design and take deep inspiration from the beauty of nature that surrounds them.  Each piece possess all the minimal, distressed style that you would expect from a brand set against the wild and rugged landscape of southern Sweden.


There is love, there is labor, there’s also time – the essential ingredient of péro-making, not unlike making tea.

For their tea time, Péro brought in their local chai wale bhaiya Ram Sumer Ji to create his flavourful cup of tea with ginger and hand-ground spices. In honor of Péro we would like to share our take on authentic Masala Chai, perfect for drinking while reading a good book or enjoying an afternoon with loved ones. We hope you will enjoy making it for your own tea time. 


  • 3 Whole Peppercorns
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 1 Whole Star Anise Pod
  • 6 Whole Cardamom Pods
  • 2 Tablespoons of Your Favorite Loose Black Tea
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar 
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Cup Milk 


  1. Lightly crush peppercorns, cloves, star anise, and cardamom with a spoon. Scoop out paste from vanilla bean.
  2. Add to a small pot with the water and milk. 
  3. Stir in ginger, sugar, vanilla bean paste, and add cinnamon stick. 
  4. Bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add black tea. Let steep for 20 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat, strain into a mug and enjoy!

Earth Day 2020

Some mornings we look out our window to find it sunny and beautiful, others we admire the clouds rolling in over the Sangre de Cristos. Here in Santa Fe, there is no shortage of earthly beauty; one of our favorite things about basing our stores and lives here.

However, on this 50 Year Earth Day we have slowed down to observe and reflect. There are some small yet significant changes afoot. Great Orme Kashmiri Goats are roaming the streets in Wales. Hawksbill Turtles are hatching on the beaches of Rio. Fin Whales are playing in the clear waters of the usually busy port of Marseille. Swans have returned to the canals of Venice in wake of the reduction of traffic.

Great Horned Owl with Talons and Yellow Eyes

Even domestically, animal shelters across the United States have seen a surge in foster and adoption applications. One thing has been made incredibly clear: we share every inch of the earth with all of its inhabitants and they’ve been waiting for ages to return. A drop in activity has led to a drop in air pollution. Inactive beaches have allowed natural wildlife to enjoy them again. Forest creatures can take to the streets in cities across the world without fear of collision. This Earth Day, our earthly brethren have offered freedom natural, beautiful and wilder. So, we hope on this day that you can join us to enjoy the environment more deeply and to consider all the ways that we can invest in protecting its magic.

Jan-Jan Van Essche: One in All and All in One

Van Essche creates a single collection each year, rather than producing collections for each season, for a number of reasons. Of the simplest to explain, is the fact he doesn’t want his work to be dictated by the fashion industry. As far as design is concerned, Van Essche’s work remains simplistic because he believes clothing should be freeing. This is why every garment is created in such a way that minimizes the number of seams needed, and they are also constructed with effortless silhouettes. While the Western approach to fashion dictates that garments confine and shape the body, through his cautious studies for every season, Van Essche has found that many clothes from different countries depend on the wearer’s body to define how they look.

Jan-Jan Van Escche took inspiration this season from his travels and connections in Japan and Africa. His finely woven cotton was dyed with natural indigo, a palette that is visually calming in summer and provides health benefits according to traditional medicine from around the world.

Lauren Manoogian: Spring Summer 2020

Lauren Manoogian is a young American designer with a vision for simple, ethical, and authentic living. She collaborates with cooperatives in Peru to develop the softest, finest cotton and alpaca fibers, further rendering the natural materials in an understated and elegant way. Every piece Lauren Manoogian creates is part of a larger textural narrative. Resilience, patina, and layered gestures are just a few words to describe her most recent collection, as she continues to experiment with the ideas that revolve around knitwear and the way each material manifests itself.

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Creativity in Bloom

To Our Santa Fe Dry Goods Community,

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude for you, our community of bold and independent people who find refuge and enjoyment in beauty. In order to prioritize health and wellbeing, we are temporarily closing Santa Fe Dry Goods, Workshop & Wild Life.

In the meantime, is in bloom! Our web store will become our canvas for art and creativity while closed. We will continue to send out a selection of emails to introduce our newest designers and products that are arriving daily. If you would like to arrange an in-store appointment, please call 505-982-6192 or email

Our mission is to bring you beautifully crafted goods from all over the world that have elements of comfort and simplicity, fine craftsmanship, rich textiles traditions, inspiration from nature, progressive notions of design and living, and, above all, optimism for the future.

To health, beauty & kindness,
Shobhan and the Team

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Kantha: A catalyst for physical, emotional & spiritual change

Kantha is part of the four thousand year old living legacy of quilting in India. A timeless textile tradition, it dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization of the Bronze Age. It is a technique central to the Bengali area, spanning several Indian states and Bangladesh. There are a myriad of stitching styles, patterns and themes that vary based on region.

Kantha, from the early 20th-century, Bangladesh. Image via: Victoria and Albert Museum, London


A utilitarian yet intimate practice, Kantha is sewn for loved ones to keep them safe from harm. Kantha, meaning “simple stitching” in Hindi, has a long and honored tradition. It is defined by the running stitch that bonds two or more sari fabrics together. The name kantha can refer to both the running stitch as well as to entire textile patchworks.

Image via Mieko Mintz

According to “Quilts of India: Timeless Textiles” by Patrick J Finn, kanthas were born out of ingenuity. They are “a work that gives wholeness to things that were of no use anymore, to fragments without any significance.” The repurposing of valuable leftover fabric scraps is part of deeply rooted socio-religious customs and ritualistic dynamics attached to the alteration of cloth.

Much of kantha’s history is not documented in writing, instead passed along as an oral tradition. The earliest believed depiction is carved into a sculpture from the Kushana period, created sometime between first century BCE and second century CE. Because kanthas have a long history, it is difficult to pinpoint their original intended use. It appears they were first used for utility and practicality; other ornamental styles came later in history.

In different regions, the patchwork style has its own connotations. Certain Indonesian and Indian patchwork is associated with the Buddhist vow of poverty, whereas patchwork coats worn by Javanese shaman are said to carry potent magical connections. Meanwhile, patchwork jackets worn by the sultans of the city Yogyakarta, Java, have been handed down from father to son since the early nineteenth century. The Javanese believe this jacket made from fragments of old, auspicious textiles harnesses supernatural protective powers. 

The Sadhu & the Magical Kantha

There is a tale about a sadhu, or holy man, who offered his carefully stitched kantha to a woman named Gitali and her child. Having lost her husband during a dreadful monsoon, Gitali is searching for refuge carrying only a lamp, two mangoes and her feverish son Viraj. Feeling helpless, she lights her lantern while they rest for the night and prays for her son. The sadhu appears before her, asking to share her light and in return offering the safety of his fire. 

After a night of mangoes, music from the sadhu and the warmth of his shared kantha, Viraj’s fever breaks and Gitali feels renewed hope. Though the sadhu is nowhere to be seen, his flute, water pot and kantha remain to confirm her mysterious visitor. The rest of her day is filled with small miracles: more fruit is found in her bag along with a new sari for her and later she discovers the kantha is lined with money. In honor of the sadhu’s assistance, Gitali uses white threads from her old sari to stitch images of the night the sadhu saved them onto the kantha he left behind.

Because of this tale, kanthas are often attributed with transformative properties. White threads became the traditional color of stitches in a kantha piece. Kantha making is seen as a ritual, an action intended to catalyze physical, emotional or spiritual change by interacting with the divine. 

Images via Mieko Mintz

The Transformation of Saris

Whether seen as a sophisticated art form rich with symbolism or a utilitarian device with innovative design, kanthas are made with technical expertise. The process of creating with worn-out saris is nothing short of transformative and filled with history. The kantha stitch provides a lifetime’s worth of love and stories that transcend generations.

“The language of quilts articulates a woman’s artistic expression that is relevant to her and her community. Her eclectic imagery not only draws upon a host of classic themes but also the objects and events of her everyday life. For generations quilts depicted village life and personal stories, however, the new markets enable women to assert their economic rights and create narratives of social import…In return, these women preserve the tradition and history of a family, village and community: in fact society and culture too.” Quilts of India: Timeless Textiles, by Patrick J Finn

Kantha stitching gives life to old textiles and creates work, a community and a voice for women. The creation of a kantha is not only transformative thanks to folklore and religious properties but also physically, by transforming other peoples’ belongings into an item with a continued history. Kanthas are a synthesis of many lives and an intimate reflection of the quilt maker.

Images via Mieko Mintz

Kantha at Santa Fe Dry Goods

Designer Mieko Mintz combines the rich textile traditions of India with modern Japanese aesthetics to create one of a kind kantha jackets. Mieko’s distinctly unique integration of saris and the Kimono tradition places her clothing into a new realm of international relevance. Because of her dedication to the art, Mieko is planning a foundation for promoting the continuation of kantha culture. Her plans include a museum to present kantha as an art form, not just material used for its commercial value.

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