Karaka is the place that Marta Afonso found to reconcile her passion for illustration, textiles and engraving. It is a space to explore handprint techniques using mainly the fabric as a screen to play with colours, forms and patterns.
The development of each piece or collection follows a creative process that begins well before the handprint process. From the idea or inspiration, sketches are made that can become original patterns or stamps. The elements are then adapted to the handprint techniques.
Raw materials are purchased locally and carefully handled and prepared for the printing process. Preference is given to natural fibers and ecological water-based inks.
The printed fabrics reflect the manual nature of the work process. Home wear and clothing collections are born, consisting of pieces that are an alternative to the mass market offer, and which celebrate the true beauty of what is done individually.