Here at Itawi, we embrace all the stories that come with handmade. We are a contemporary crafts store with two sides, Itawi:Made and Itawi:Make each giving you handmade objects that have function, reflect your modern panache and support your desire for a lifestyle that treats this planet a little more kindly.
Itawi:Make is where we you will find quality fabrics, tools and patterns to help you shape and make ideas. We focus on the ambitious, determined, aspiring maker who wants to learn new textile skills and make objects that will work with their lifestyle and atheistic.
In our Itawi:Made shop, you will find a collection of goods that have been made by hand in our home studio here in Masstricht, The Netherlands. With design details and quality materials, we are sure our products will be heirlooms of the future for those passionate about their home, family, travel and nature.
Where does your name come from?
Our name is a word gifted to us by a good friend. She used the word Itawi (ee-tah-wee) to describe our son “he is Itawi – half Italian and half kiwi” and we thought that it also describes our studio well as we often combine elements of Italian and New Zealand culture in what we do and how we do it.
WHO IS BEHIND ITAWI?
Originally from New Zealand, married to an Italian and currently working full time as a statistician in The Netherlands, Teena Bonizzi thought it would be a good idea to start Itawi.
“I don’t have a lot of time for making, but when I do find the time to bake, sew, knit, draw, garden or sew I really enjoy it and it gives me a sense of fulfilment. Making things is how I relax. However, one thing that would drive me crazy and was not so relaxing was the time I spent trying to find the perfect pattern or source the material that was exactly right for the idea I had in mind. Also all the agonising and wonder over why the things I was making were not looking as professional as I wanted was not so much fun either. I thought there must be other ambitious makers out there like me and decided to start Itawi. A place that helps aspiring crafters succeed and embraces a more doable way of living. Itawi is not just for crafters though, many of us appreciate handmade and all the good things they stand for. I’m a big fan of handmade inclusiveness – everyone should have an opportunity to bring hand made objects into their home.”