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Fresh Shop: Taftyli

Feb 13, 2014

by Dorota Li

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Every day, our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!

We are the Li sisters — I’m Dorota, a reformed cosmetologist, and my sister Sylwia is an interior designer. Together, we make things for our shop Taftyli. We live and work in Krakow, Poland.

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We spent our childhood running around in our father’s furrier workshop. There, as children, we learned to sew and gained major respect for craftsmen and their work.

About a year ago, we decided to create something together. Sylwia was working on the interior of a restaurant in the Kazimierz district in Krakow, and many items for the project were custom. I took on the decorations and fabrics, and we discovered we were natural collaborators.  We went on to work on two more restaurants together.

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Some images from one of the Li sisters’ collaborations.

Since we had passed this test without killing each other, we started to create our own small projects. First, we produced cushions from using scraps of leather nobody wanted. Next, we made sheepskin bedspreads and chair covers. We used our father’s old sewing machines, some of which he inherited from his our grandfather (clearly, we have this kind of work in our genes).

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We are most proud of our plaited pillowcases. These take a long time to create but give us the biggest satisfaction. The base is 100% cotton (tetra), which we sew into long tubes that get pulled inside-out. The fabric tubes are dyed, then filled with soft padding. By matching the colors and sizes of the tubes and twisting them into braids, we compose each pillow. Matching braid to braid and loop to loop, we slowly hand-sew the back of the pillowcase so that no stitching is visible from the front. No machine can do this.

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These days, we are working on a few new projects, including handbags, scarves, lamps and other items we can design using fabrics. We’d also like to collaborate with a craftsman friend and introduce wooden and metal elements to our pieces. Hopefully, something really interesting will evolve from these explorations, and we’ll be able to share it with you soon.

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