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About Tea Collection

Jessie tweets & chats her days away working in the social media and public relations departments of Tea. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jessie moved to New York after college to work in the fashion industry. Still new to San Francisco, she's constantly discovering new sushi spots and hidden boutiques. She's still dreaming of her last trip to the Caribbean and hopes one day soon she can play on the beaches of Thailand.

February 11, 2015

Popular Indian Spices

Indian Spices

Just like the country itself, Indian food is extremely diverse. While the spices remain constant, you’ll find very different dishes as you travel through the country. South Indian cuisine is considered to be the hottest of all Indian food. Popular dishes in the region include idlis, vadas, dosas and sambaar. Food from North India is characterized by its thick, tasty gravies. The meals are hearty and will often include several dishes — and don’t skip out on their sweets! It’s important to have the right spices on hand when making your favorite Indian recipe, so we’ve rounded up a few to help get you started!  continue reading

February 9, 2015

Styling Tea Accessories

Tea Accessories

Inspired by the layers of accessories we saw in India, we’re happy to introduce totally Tea accessories — scarves, hats, and headbands made to mix and match with all of our prints! Let the styling begin!  continue reading

February 2, 2015

Cacao Chaos + Tea Collection Giveaway

Combining chocolatier skills with artistic flair and balanced, powerful flavor profiles, Cacao Chaos is committed to bringing India to your sweet tooth!

Cacao Chaos

Jay grew up in India and Ami spent every summer there since age 2. The tastes, spices and memories of South Asian cuisine colored their childhoods. Many years later, when these two foodies met, feel in love and decided to get married in Philadelphia, highlighting their joint Indian heritage and their present lives in “the West” was an important part of their wedding ceremony. In search of the perfect dessert, they looked for sweets filled with the flavors of Indian cuisine in a polished, elegant and petite package. Finding nothing fitting that bill completely, the newly married couple decided that if that did not already exist, it was their culinary responsibility to create it! Thus was the born the first child of their union, Cacao Chaos.

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February 1, 2015

Sweet Treats: Laddoo Recipe

Laddoo Recipe

Laddoo (or laddu), is a very popular Indian treat that is commonly made for festivals and celebrations. It can be made with various nuts or spices such as cashews or coconut. Here is an easy take on the sweet treat that thought would be fun to make with your little citizens!

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January 31, 2015

DIY Okra Woodblocking

okra

Okra is a popular green vegetable in India as well as southern regions of the United States. There are many delicious Indian dishes that incorporate okra, the most popular being Bhindi (okra) Masala. While being nutritious, it just so happens that okra also makes a great homemade woodblock! Woodblocking is a popular technique for printing text, images or patterns with ink on fabrics and textiles in India. Indian woodblocking is typically done with a hand carved piece of wood. Here, we show you how you can use okra to make a DIY woodblocking card at home with your little citizens.  continue reading

January 30, 2015

Ralli Quilts to Ralli Bikes

Ralli

Literally translated ralli means to mix or connect… and that’s exactly what ralli quilts do in many different ways. Made from scraps of fabric (usually cotton), ralli’s are an expression of the makers behind them. You’ll find these quilts in three basic styles: 1) patchwork made from pieces of torn cloth squares and triangle stitched together 2) appliqué made from intricate cute out patterns 3) embroidered quilts where the stitches form patterns on solid colored fabrics. No matter the style, you’ll always notice the bold diagonal placements of blocks and embellishments. continue reading

January 29, 2015

Styling Tips for Crazy Legs

Tea Collection Mandala

Our new printed leggings deserved a full spread in our first spring catalog. We decided to really play up the colorful chaos of India for this shot… the final result? A legging mandala! Metallic tattoos, tasseled bracelets, beaded anklets, pom-poms and chalk dusted feet all played a part in making this happen. Here’s how you can get the look…  continue reading

January 28, 2015

Painted Elephants

I have painted on many surfaces over the years: clay, canvas, wood, buildings, streets, sidewalks, fabric, faces. None of this prepared me for painting on elephants. This is definitely something I never even dreamed of doing. I had mixed feelings going into it. I always awed at the beauty of the photographs of painted elephants in magazines and online, but was worried about what all that meant for the elephants. Weren’t they meant to be in the wild? Would these elephants be treated well?

I read all about Elefun before we went. It had good reviews and people had good things to say about how they treated the elephants. Our amazing trip planner, Gouthami, checked in with some of her local connections who also had good things to say about Elefun. Elefun is an elephant village dedicated to creating a safe and natural environment in order to conserve elephants. In Indian culture, elephants are revered, loved, respected and protected.

My first impression was that the elephants were MASSIVE. Being an animal nerd I knew that Indian elephants are one of the smaller varieties, these were anything but small. They introduced us to the elephants, had us pet their trunks. Showed us how to feed them bananas. They ate entire bunches of bananas at once, in what seemed like one giant bite. continue reading

January 23, 2015

Preschooler DIY: Embroider A Tea Design

DIY embroider lion

Embroider: to ornament with needlework or to form with needlework. 

Inspired by the embroidered details found throughout India, many of our graphics this season have a touch of embroidery on them. Our Kingfisher and Rohira Appliqué Graphic Tees for her and Hathi Graphic Tee for him are just a few of the embroidered designs you’ll find in our first delivery. Now we’re asking your little citizens to join in on the fun!  continue reading