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As the national color of Bali, poleng, a black and white check design, is one of the most reoccurring patterns our designers saw on their inspiration trip.
They viewed this pattern tied to trees and statues, on sarongs and flags, and more; everywhere they turned, they saw poleng. They finally asked a police officer clothed in the poleng pattern, why he wore it. He informed them that he wore it for protection; the black and white checked pattern represents the yin-yang which depicts balance as the pattern always has equal amounts of white to black.
Looking for balance and protection in you child’s wardrobe? We interpreted the poleng pattern in our Spring preview through our boys shorts and girls dresses and skirts.
How would you wear the poleng pattern of balance and protection? Share with us below in the comments section.
Bali is a little place with a whole lot of happy. Our designers immersed themselves in the Bali culture and traditions only to return to San Francisco overflowing with creative energy and excitement. We funneled their enthusiasm into our Bali Spring collection. It’s full of bright colors, lively graphics, and Bali spirit from the neon pinks in our Botanic Garden Playdress to the growling naga on the Growling Naga Zip Hoodie.
Throughout the Spring, we’ll be posting on our Studio T blog multiple times a week about our new Destination: Bali. Find out why we created several pieces using the Poleng cloth pattern, learn how-to create the art of batik, hear real stories from our design staff who visited Bali for inspiration, and more! We also promise to post Bali-themed cultural activity printouts for you to download and design with your children too!