When you enter Indigo, you feel like you’ve entered a treasure chest for both your home and closet. Located on the main drag in Paia, Indigo is filled with gorgeous textiles, jewelry, rugs, hardware and clothing from Central and South East Asia which are beautifully displayed on refurbished antique furniture pieces.
Daniel Sullivan and CaraMiya Davies-Reid are the amazing husband and wife team behind Indigo. Daniel was a Paris based photojournalist who spent many years in Afghanistan, Tibet and Nepal just to name a few. He’s always had a strong interest in textile design and antiques from Central Asia. CaraMiya is a textile and fashion designer, who was born on Maui and studied jewelry and fashion design at the CCA. They design all their own products, with CaraMiya being the design force behind all the clothing and bikinis. This is evident as you browse thru Indigo, as each and every item is truly unique.
Daniel and CaraMiya moved to Maui to start their family and open Indigo in 2005. All items sold in Indigo are fair trade as they strive to serve and assist with improving the communities from which they import and manufacture their products. The gorgeous rugs are handspun in Afghanistan and are minimally processed to provide an organic, sustainable and high quality wool. Per Indigo’s website, “Indigo Paia is proud to have supported our refugee weaving project for over 15 years bringing work, water and education to our weavers and their families.”
The stars of Indigo are the beautiful prints you see everywhere on curtains, bed linens, tunics and chowkies (footstools and benches covered in fabric).
The chowkies are perfect for meditation, seating, a place to rest your feet or your drink (with a tray on top). Indigo has received a brand new shipment this week which includes stools made from recycled quilts.
There is also a huge selection of hardware including colorful knobs and rustic handles and door knockers. This fleur di lis door knocker from New Orleans, Daniel’s home town, was the perfect gift for my mother’s birthday.
Fabric bound journals and Buddha or Ganesh figurines make wonderful gifts or additions to a dresser or desk top. The photographs you see in the background are just a small representation of Daniel’s photography.
Throughout the store, you will find refurbished antique furniture which will take your breath away, many of which can be purchased. This shelf unit holding duvet covers is made of ornate door frames, an Indian canoe holds jewelry and a old mail carrier painted pink and green keeps the bikini separates organized. Daniel and CaraMiya have demonstrated well the same advice they would give to home owners, “mixing the old and the new creates a nice asthetic”.
Why name their shop Indigo? Indigo is the strongest dye in the carpet, after many years, it is the only remaining dye. Indigo also represents blue which is ever present throughout Maui. We hope to continue to enjoy what Indigo has to offer for many years.
In addition to Indigo, CaraMiya has opened an etsy shop, CMiya Swim, for her made to order bikini creations. Daniel also has a site, Daniel Sullivan Photography, showcasing his photography, including some amazing shots of Maui and a new book coming out later this year. Tribes of the Omo River was shot in Ethiopia and will include a cd of the tribe’s music.
Indigo has just received a container load of newly designed products, now available at the Paia store, which has ample store front parking at 149 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui (808)579-9199 or at their online store. Their blog also has a fantastic three part series on rejuvenating your home using textiles and accessories written by Morgan Hawkins. Chowkie photo courtesy of Indigo.