PANKUKA is all about hand-printed and conscious textiles for children and adults, using natural fabrics, eco-friendly inks and manual printing techniques.
WHO IS PANKUKA
My name is Maria João, the founder and designer behind this brand. I am Portuguese and i have always loved to work with my hands, to make all kinds of visuals and objects. I've been working as a designer, illustrator and more recently as a self-taught and passionate textile designer. What moves me is the possibility to be free and to have time to create, by combining all these skills i have and love to work with.
But Pankuka is also everyone who helps and supports me in many ways!
HOW IT ALL STARTED
As a textile designer, I started years ago, learning by reading, doing, making mistakes and by attending workshops and short courses. With time, I became more and more interested in manual processes and one day, this interest led me to India, to study and to learn with block-printers and natural dyers. Being there, exposed to and connecting with such different lives, ancient practices and knowledge, made me rethink many details in life, including the way i was working with textiles.
Since then, i have continued to learn and to experiment with manual printing processes, trying to adapt them to my own reality, to what i have and to where i am at the moment.
In the meantime, i moved to Berlin with my husband and became a mother of a little girl, which made me realise it was the perfect time to start this project.
MISSION & VALUES
Pankuka is the result of all these experiences and reflects my wish to continue this slow creative and printing journey, focusing on manual printing techniques and eco-friendly materials to create fun, beautiful, comfortable and conscious products for kids, parents and for everyone who values these same principles. Read More