Nice to meet you!
My name is Kaisa Vanhala. I'm a mother of three, a thirtysomething, a weaver, a writer, and someone desperately in love with God and beauty and on the journey to find out more about both.
Paradisaea Handwoven was born in the summer of 2015. I was emerging from a life crisis, and was hit by a sudden and powerful longing for beauty. I had been a babywearing enthusiast for some time, and I had greatly admired the art of handweaving. For reasons I can't quite explain my need for beauty found an outlet the combination of these; I had this extraordinary urge to learn to weave myself. I bought my first loom and the rest is history; I don't think I've ever fallen in love with any craft as deeply and profoundly as I love handweaving.
Why beauty, then? Beauty is a sign of hope. It speaks to the heart, ensuring that even after darkness there's light, even after sorrow there's joy. Beauty speaks of how in the end all things shall be well.
As a vessel of love and comfort the handwoven baby wrap is a very special symbol of hope. Paradisaea wraps are the outcome of me searching for this hope - of the awe and wonder before the beauty found in the world.
I love words, language, and colour as a way to express myself. Weaving has become my way to combine these loves. I love telling stories trough the colours of handwoven fabric, and I love trying to find words to share these stories.
We live in southwestern Finland in a small town near the sea. I'm married to a sailor, and exploring the wilderness of the Finnish Archipelago is something we dearly love. We have three children; two boys and their little sister.