Sara Berks is a designer based in Brooklyn whose textile brand MINNA began as an exploration in tapestry weaving, and has grown into a fully-fledged range of gorgeous textile goods. she works with artisan collectives in Mexico and Guatemala, combining their master skills with her own contemporary design aesthetic.

I’ve spent the past year collaborating with master artisans to create these pieces. In Mexico, I work directly with two families I met on my travels in Oaxaca. They use pedal looms to create the handwoven blankets and rugs. In Guatemala, I connected with two wonderful non-profits to create the handwoven pillows.

MINNA comes from the name my maternal grandmother dropped upon her arrival to America in 1940 from Germany. Even though the name was her grandmother’s, she thought of it as a maid’s name and didn’t want the old world association in her new life. I liked the story: nostalgic and a little rebellious.

i love the look of those beach blankets. they remind me of Turkish towels (which, incidentally, are my favourite thing in the world – i am contemplating replacing all our ordinary bath towels with them). i also loooove the pillows… and the rugs. okay who am i kidding, i love everything! you can shop MINNA online here.

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