Kimberley Krystal Acosta bets on chiringas with Puerto Rican designs

The idea was born out of his interest in promoting patriotic love. Also, to encourage curiosity to know more about our culture.

Kimberly Crystal Acosta Diaz remembers when she noticed while walking through Old San Juan, where she lives, that none of the kites that many families carried on the grounds of Castillo San Felipe del Morro showed designs from their native habitat.

Craftsman by profession, with a BA in Education with a focus on the arts, she was excited to create an alternative that met her interest.

“I was walking in El Morro and I realized there were plenty of beach bars with dragon and butterfly designs, but none from Puerto Rican. I studied to be an art teacher and make jewelry, and one day I said to myself ‘let’s make it,’ so that kids would be curious about our history,” Desire recalls. which originated in 2018.

“My high school included arts in general, but I didn’t have drawing arts, so I took a course in Liga de Arte (San Juan). There I designed the packaging label,” he recalls his intention to gain more knowledge of creating graphics, although he is currently working on it. In collaboration with other artists. One of the reasons is due to the loss of his peripheral vision due to an operation for a tumor that he suffered in his childhood. “I only see the front. I admit I don’t look at the sides.

The embodiment of his project was more complex than he could have imagined, especially because he had in mind that every Shiringa would be made of cloth, on the island, with illustrations by Puerto Rican artists, in the country’s printing houses. But he found a barrier to rising manufacturing costs at the local level.

“I wanted to do all the local production. I went two and a half years without being able to do anything because I called printers in Puerto Rico to see who could do it, but no one was printing it on that material,” he admitted of the nylon producer. “I didn’t get the end tubes here either,” he lamented. The lack of support from local artists added to their frustration.

The interest in creating them from fabric stemmed from the intention of providing a permanent alternative. “The litter boxes in front of El Morro are full of plastic beach rods that only the last one used,” he said. “The mine is more durable, it’s more resistant to El Morro winds, and it’s very strong.”

His efforts and perseverance allowed him to open his digital page chiringas.com to sell his products. In June of this year he made his first sale.

Comes with a backpack, good quality bobbin with thread. Chiringa has tubes Fiber glass‘, he said of the merchandise, which retails for $25, plus VAT. The five designs he’s promoting are inspired by Puerto Rico are Puerto Rico even if he was born on the moonAnd the The stone dog of Saint JeromeAnd the The Chupacabra vs. Gargoyle of BarcelonetaAnd the Jibarito is coquí: Monostarada is science s I love my island. In the future, he is working on a design for one inspired by the Three Wise Men, in collaboration with artist from Juana Diaz.

Although the customer agrees to face-to-face delivery near El Morro, beach bars are also available for delivery by courier for an additional fee.

Continuing to expand the display of illustrations inspired by his Puerto Rican pride is a priority. But as an entrepreneur, she has included commercial designs on her website that have nothing to do with her patriotic-inspired collection, such as those with double stripes, animals with LED lights, coloring and more. Among its plans is to provide an alternative to customize it to the customer’s taste.

Recognizing that the price range of Puerto Rican print designs may not be available to all consumers, he is also touting less expensive alternatives. “I have cheaper, reusable canvas beach bars, but with non-local designs,” he said. “I don’t limit myself. Kids are looking for their favorite characters (cartoons, superheroes, etc.).”

Although she is still working on her business desire to quit aggressively, the businesswoman appreciates what she has learned in the process. “He taught me that you have to trust yourself, and that if God put something in you, it is because you can achieve it. I have learned not to look for external validation to make decisions, because many people did not support the idea,” the literal reversed.

“I have some visual limitations, but if you focus your mind on that and focus on what you can do, and not on what you can’t do, you will learn that you can achieve many things. I have an obligation to push this forward so that they see that if you fight, you achieve things. It’s best to try it.”

For more information, go to chiringas.com or write to Chiringaspuertorico@gmail.com.

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