Tag: Destination: Modern Mexico

Alebrije Cultural Activity Printout

Yesterday we let you know the behind the design story of the alebrijes hiding on Tea’s graphic tees.  Today we want you to let your imagination wander and help us create the alebrijes of your dreams.

Color in the alebrijes below and post it in the blog post comments section or post it on our Facebook!  We want to see all the fun colors you can dream up for this coyote and pony alebrije!

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Download your activity printout here: Alebrije Coyote or Albrije Pony.

Behind the Design: Alebrijes Graphic Tees

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

Mexican artists continually represent the creatures of their imaginations in alebrijes, which are brightly-colored sculptures of fantastical creatures.  We saw alebrijes throughout our Mexico trip; some were small enough to fit in the size of our palm while others spanned the length of the street!







Our Modern Mexico children’s clothes line is filled with our interpretations of alebrijes.  Check out these ones hiding out in style on our graphic tees!









Which alebrijes Tea creation is your favorite?  Check back tomorrow for a fun children’s alebrijes cultural activity printout.

Explore all of our graphic tee options for girls and boys.

Jaguar & Butterfly Masks: Activity Download

Mexico is filled with wonderful creatures- such as the Jaguar which inspired our Jaguar Mask Boys Tee and the Monarch Butterfly which inspired our Butterfly Girls shirt.  At Tea, we want to bring our designs to life- literally!  Download the masks below and have fun watching your child color their character mask and then transform into either a fierce jaguar or a playful butterfly!

We want in on the fun.  Post a picture of your child wearing the finished mask in our comments section below.

Árbol del Tule Activity Pages

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We  visited Árbol del Tule on our Mexico inspiration trip. This tree is so impressive you can’t capture it in just one photo, hence the photo collage. The trunk has a 38 foot diameter! That is larger than California’s famous giant sequoias.

Árbol del Tule is often referred to as the “tree of life,” because of all the many ‘creatures’ you can find hiding in its gnarled trunk. We decided to hide some of own creatures and objects in our Arbol Del Tule activity pages, can you find them all?

download full resolution activity pages here below:

Arbol Del Tule

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Behind the Design: Tree of Life

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images from Tea’s Inspiration Trip Photos

While traveling through Mexico we saw a variety of interpretations of the Tree of Life theme, which inspired some of our designs for this season.

The woven rugs pictured above feature the Zapotec Tree of Life and inspired our Árbol de la Vida Tee.

The top right image is a ceramic tile, a modern interpretation of the Tree of Life that inspired our Little Citizen PJs. We hid quite a few creatures in our tree design.  How many can you find?  Check back tomorrow for our “Tree of Life” activity page you can download and enjoy with your kids.

The remaining images are a style of Mexican clay sculpture known as Tree of Life.  These traditionally have biblical themes (middle right image), but modern interpretations can be pretty much anything, like the day of the dead tree on the bottom.

Tea’s Little Citizen PJs and Árbol de la Vida Tee, with accompanying inspiration.

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. For more Behind the Designs click here.