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 Last GCDC in 2013

Isila Soto Abreu was born around business and creativity, pace of science to architecture and design to the cloth diapers.

Born in San Juan on March 20, 1975, had merchant veins, his father Julio Soto who is goldsmith and owner of a jewelry store and her mother Carmen Abreu a creative teacher apprize in her daughter the value of design and craftsmanship.

Studied Natural Science to become naturopath with the passage of time could not be separated from the design and transfer to the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico where she earned a Bachelor in Environmental Design. Soto added that: “I have always been passionate about design, I am pro island, creativity of my nation.”

While studying the creativity and craftsmanship joined, Isila she dedicated for a long time to paper craft, an art that she still practice. In 2010 with her husband, a graphic designer, Manolo Pérez greedily await the arrival of their first daughter Isabela, is this moment where Isila and her husband felt again the vein of creativity. “I wanted to explore new things,” added Isila with laughter on her face.

While she enjoyed “pañaleando” (a term used by mother’s that are using cloth diapers) Isila found her new passion and a new way of educating. She started using the cloth because of a class action that existed at the time against Pampers, while looking at other alternatives at stores she found fabric again. Isila with her husband decided to enter fully into the world of the fabric and tried that other moms would benefit from it.

After exploring designs, brands, styles, colors and start creating her diapers, her husband sees beyond the design and gives a name to the diapers, they named them Franken diapers. “I’m glad I did something different, the love with which you do things for that person who so eagerly awaits, that’s what makes me happy” added Soto.

My Viva la Tela!

The next baby that had the co-owner of Hamaquitas y Culeros (recliners and cloth diapers) was a unique Facebook group that shares with her lifetime friend Glorimar Rosa, where they allow other mothers to know the world of the fabric, world where Isilia was transformed into an educator, psychologist, motivator among other things.

Viva la tela!  Was born one night in 2011 at the same time that the first Diaper Change was born which was held with about 24 mothers who used cloth diapers in the Luis Muñoz Rivera Park. With the passage of time and as fulfilling three years, this event has tripled and the Facebook page(FB) has become a favorite of some two thousand mothers .

 

Localizado en Cupey el establecimiento incorpora todo lo que bebé y mamá puedan necesitar.

Located in Cupey the establishment incorporares everything that a mom to be and the baby need. 

Recliners and cloth diapers (Hamaquitas y Culeros)

The creative life of diapers and her detergent has not been the same since the cloth came into your life. Her partner Yarilis not only shares a passion for natural life, they share the store. “It is a space for the moms who does crafts, the creative, the housewife, can exhibit their work and can make their sales,” adds Yarilis while showing the space they have in their store located in Cupey.

Yarilis better known as Doula Bebé share visions with Isila including this location selling her hammocks to carry babies. Yarilis that has remained educating and finding between births and cloths found its north in midwifery she has to study on Texas where she hopes to return as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) to Puerto Rico. The mother of 27 years in addition to witness her two births attended 27 mothers in childbirth as a doula, within those deliveries have seen the miracle seven VBACs (Vaginal Birth After C-Section).

Their union makes their approach to strengthen in the constant search to be use to more than 2,000 thousand mothers who follow the page, visit the store and look for them for that friendly advice. Viva la Tela! Hamaquitas y Culeros and Doula Bebe only have been their instruments to spread their message and knowledge. Message that every day is spread in many ways and the best part the mothers that have been touched.