Luxurious Turkish Towels in New Zealand
In beautiful Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, you’ll certainly want to visit the beach. And of course, you’ll need a quality towel to dry yourself after a romp in the water. Once you pat dry with a luxurious Turkish towel from Tarina Millar’s Sweet Threads NZ, nothing else will do!
Tarina provides authentic Turkish towels and throws, with further plans in the works. Find them locally at Mode Home Direct (130 Newton Street) in Mount Maunganui. Shop on Facebook, and Tarina ships your order worldwide.
I’m committed to providing ethically sourced products. The Turkish towels and throws are hand loomed and are made using 100% cotton, free from harmful chemicals. I also work with small family run businesses, keeping the authenticity of traditional Turkish weaving alive and ensuring that the artisans I work with are paid fairly.
And now, for something completely different
Tarina left her career working alongside youth with behavioral and mental health issues, to start Sweet Threads NZ. Although her work could be very rewarding, it was also extremely stressful to the point that it affected her own health and wellbeing. She was feeling stressed, anxious and generally unhappy. Clearly a big change in her life was called for.
When Tarina left her job, she took some time off to reevaluate things. She realized that she wanted and needed to do something that gave her more joy, that was creative and that still involved helping others in some way.
After a few months off, contemplating life, I came across these beautiful Turkish towels. I took a chance and invested the little money I had into starting this business. First, I ordered a small number of towels to test the market, and it turns out people really loved them, so I ordered more, and it all went from there.
Weaving the Brand
I had an idea in my mind about what I wanted my brand to look like, but needed someone to bring this idea to life. Then I found Autumn Lane, and really loved their style. My intuition told me that I had found the right people to help me, and I was right!
The process was relatively easy because Lily really listened to what I was wanting, and came up with some wonderful ideas! The difficult part was deciding which direction to take. I feel like the new brand represents femininity and strength, and flows well with my products.
The hardest part of Tarina’s new business was starting out with limited resources. We can relate. It’s not easy to bootstrap a venture. Tarina has overcome that hurdle by staying positive, taking things step by step, and believing in herself. But all that optimism and persistence aren’t enough without a world class product.
Sweet Threads NZ’s talented artisans come from Denizli in the Southwest region of Turkey, an area well known for producing beautiful quality textiles. Continuing the tradition of generations, the skilled art form of hand looming has been passed down to provide security and hope for the future.
The cotton used to make these towels, throws and blankets is Eoko-Tex Standard 100 certified. That means the products are lightweight, strong and fast drying. They become softer and more absorbent with each wash. Line dry or tumble on low heat. They’re a must for travel!
Where to Buy Sweet Threads NZ Goods
Browse through the photos of the Sweet Threads NZ Turkish towels and throws on Tarina’s Instagram page. Send her a message to order, and she’ll coordinate with you on shipping and the total cost. Ordering can be done on Facebook, as well.
Naturally, shipping within New Zealand and to Australia will be the most economical. However, if you live elsewhere (for instance, in California), send Tarina a message to make sure of your shipping costs.
If it feels good then take a chance, and don’t be afraid to make ‘mistakes’. They help you to learn and grow as a person. Sometimes, something amazing comes out of it.
My greatest success is being in a place where I feel happy!