Our newest arrivals tell a story of jungle safaris, patchwork Ralli quilts from the state of Gujarat and wild animals from the hear of India. It’s time to go exploring…
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.
Every culture has different traditions surrounding the birth of a little one, each celebration being unique but with a central theme of love and happiness. In the Hindu religion, many Indians practice the ceremony of Naamkaran, in which a new baby is named. In Sanskrit, “naam” means name and “karan” means to create. Traditionally, Naamkaran is held anywhere from the eleventh to twelfth day after the baby is born and before the baby’s first birthday. Family members and friends gather to celebrate the baby and the women are central figures in the ceremony and they carry many of the main rituals. A baby’s name is very important and parents usually take many things into consideration before settling on a name. Some parents look at the day and time of the baby’s birth, or look to astrology, numerology, music and mythology. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate the birth of the new baby and to welcome and bless it with a prosperous life. We named many of the pieces in our new collection after traditional Indian names. Learn more about the names of some of our baby and newborn pieces below!
Texture and color and layers of stripes designed especially for your creative adventurous explorer! Our stylists have put together fall outfits to help make shopping for your little citizen even easier.
It’s #GivingTuesday and our Four Seasons and Animal Puzzle pajamas are giving back all season long! All proceeds from the purchase of these pajamas go to support the work of The Global Fund for Children. They’re the perfect PJs for the holiday season, what are you waiting for? Shop now!
‘Tis the season to shine in party outfits inspired by the beauty of China. We’ve put together 8 of our favorite holiday outfits for kids to make shopping a little easier this season. We can’t wait to see your holiday photos!
Twirly tulle, twinkly stars, Chinoiserie florals. It’s fun to get fancy.
Get him ready for all the play and party the season can handle.
We asked you to use #teacollection in your Instagram photos and we were so excited to find that you did! Each month we’ll round up 12 of our favorites and share them with you here on Studio T.
row 2: @britneypg, @douttasite, @heybrie
row 3: @ambernge, @graygirlphoto, @eastblvd
row 4: @abitofsas, @jennipah, @daniaeldam