April 19, 2015

Animations, Illustrations & Indian Deities

HinduSaying the words, Ghee Happy, makes us happy. We assume the same goes for anyone who stumbles upon Sanjay Patel, illustrator extraordinaire and the owner of the Ghee Happy brand. Patel has produced four books under Ghee Happy, and his day job? He also happens to be an animator and story board artist for Pixar Animation Studios! When we were in India, we came across Patel’s illustrations and immediately bought his incredible book, The Little Book of Hindu Deities on Amazon. We were drawn to the colorful animations and sweet (informative) stories behind the Hindu myths. The book is amusing to children and adults alike; our copy director brought the book home to her 4-year-old and it has quickly become a favorite. Read on to learn about all of the animals, gods and goddesses, monsters, demons, noble warriors and divine divas, and don’t forget about Ganesha the elephant! continue reading

April 17, 2015

Get Design Tips From Emily

After many years of traveling the world, Tea co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Emily Meyer, has acquired an eye for worldly design. Her Palo Alto home, which she shares with her husband, Hilton and two children, Clement (6) and Georgia (4) is living proof! In their April issue, Family Circle featured Emily and her family in their eclectic space – Don’t miss her design tips!

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With each trip Emily takes, whether it’s scouting inspiration for the next Tea season or visiting family abroad, she makes sure to find bazaars to search for treasures to bring back home. “I love pulling a design scheme together with exotic objects and textiles.” says Emily. Their home, built in 1908, has been transformed with a bold palatte, peppered with well-traveled finds – a Turkish Ikat pillow, a Mailan coverlet. continue reading

April 16, 2015

Yoga Poses for Kids

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Yoga had its beginnings over 5,000 years ago in Northern India. It has maintained its presence in Hindu religion and Indian culture while also making its way into Western culture. Yoga began as a spiritual practice and as it evolved, yoga masters created a system of physical practices designed to rejuvenate the body and prolong life. Yoga is a part of the Hindu religion and therefore present in the daily life of many Indian families. Yoga is beneficial and fun for adults and children alike!

We’ve partnered with Michelle Wing, founder of It’s Yoga Kids in San Francisco, California to bring you a few easy poses to get started with your little one. Michelle’s studio strives to create a nurturing space where families can connect, bend, breathe and have fun together. Kids can begin yoga at any age, says Michelle. “Our proven methodology works for newborns to teenagers. Overall, the younger the better, to start yoga and reap its rewards for life.” You know that wonderful feeling after a great yoga class? Your kids can feel that great too!

Here are some easy poses you can teach and practice with your family… continue reading

April 15, 2015

Meet a Hero

 

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We first introduced you to Sarita here, but we wanted to give you the opportunity to hear from her first hand. While we wholeheartedly wish we could send each of you to Amber to sit down with the GBS team, share chai and listen to their incredible stories… we hope this will suffice!  continue reading

April 14, 2015

Behind the Design: Monkeys!

Monkey 5Monkeys are everywhere in India! But beware, not all are as cute and friendly as they may seem. Some monkeys have been known to swipe your jacket or hat when you aren’t looking. These mischievous monkeys were the perfect inspiration for our playful graphics on our boys and little girls tees. See the story behind the inspiration… continue reading

April 10, 2015

A Guided Tour of Rural Crafts in India

We were very luck to find Gouthami for our trip to India. Before she started her own travel company – Travel Another India – she spent 20 years working in social development and had made many great connections with craft people all over India. Gouthami introduced us to so many artisans and we had the pleasure of meeting many President Award winning craft people in remote villages. Here, she shares her knowledge on crafts in India with our readers!

From Gouthami:

Craft is the second largest employer in rural India after agriculture. In most villages you will find some form of craft – the potter, the weaver, the basket maker. It is still a way of life rather than an art to be practiced for its own sake.

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In this picture you see just that. I visited the village of Nuapatna in the state of Odisha in Eastern India with the Tea Collection team.

Nuapatna is famous for its intricate Ikat weaving. In the background you can see the spindles of yarn casually stuck into the pile of sand, while the woman in the picture is wearing a hand-woven ikat sari as she goes about her daily chores. continue reading

April 8, 2015

Giving Back: The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

We are proud to partner with the Global Fund for Children and have the opportunity to give back to communities near and far. Last October, we kicked off our Global Giving Thursday campaign where each third Thursday, we automatically match all donations made at checkout. In December 2015 we decided to take our efforts one step further in the spirit of the holiday season and launched a Buy One, Give One program that directly benefited one of the Global Fund for Children’s grantee partners, The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, located in Washington, D.C.. During this time, when you purchased one of our holiday styles, we set aside a similar style to donate to The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. We were blown away by the results of this campaign and humbled to know our customers share our passion of giving back.hccp1

On March 21st, 2015, Tea Collection in conjunction with the GFC and the HCPP, were able to donate 7,000 pieces of clothing… because of you! The event took place at DC General shelter, a converted hospital where hundreds of families live at any given time. Teams of volunteers spent the morning creating a “clothing closet” for the families and sorted all of the individually wrapped clothing into gender and size. The vastness of all the products spread out onto multiple tables that lined the hallway, with extra in boxes, ready to go if need be. As the event began and the closet opened, the families at the shelter streamed in eager to be able to come and pick out brand new outfits for their kids. continue reading

March 30, 2015

Baby Books Inspired By India

Bonding with baby during storytime can be one of the most beneficial bonds at this stage in their life. Reading books to your infant helps them identify the rhythm and cadence of your voice and helps with early brain development. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to add to your littlest citizen’s collection!

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March 25, 2015

Win An Authentic Hand Blocked Quilt + A Gift From Tea

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Khadija Gurnah was born in Kenya and her husband is Puerto Rican. Together they have three children, a son who is 10 and two girls aged 4 and 2. She came across Tea when she was looking for clothing that reflected the diversity of her family.

“My kids are multiracial and I had a hard trying to find things for my children’s rooms that had a mix of modern American with a global aesthetic, so I found global artisans and started my own company, Safiya’s Room. The company I use in India for quilts is a multigenerational operation that has worked with me to mix traditional designs with modern colors.” continue reading

March 23, 2015

Tea Swim Styles Inspired by Goa Beaches

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Image of Agonda Beach courtesy of Goindia.com.

Goa is a coastal gem found in west India bordering the Arabian Sea. As the smallest state in India, over 80% of Goa is compromised of beaches with swaying palm trees, deep blue water and sandy beaches. Both locals and tourists make the trip to discover the beaches many different attractions. Check out our newest swim styles inspired by these beautiful beaches! continue reading