Apple : Măr
Banana : Banană
Carrot : Morcov
Strawberry : Căpşune
Peaches : Piersici
Pepper : Ardei
Corn : Porumb
Pumpkin : Dovleac
Lettuce : Salată Verde
Pineapple : Ananas
Onion : Ceapă
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Check out our latest Coloring Book page, Fotbol. The graphic is taken from our Fotbal Graphic Hoodie. It’s now on sale for $29.50.
Happy coloring and feel free to go outside the lines!
Commuting to and from work in San Francisco has convinced me that biking is the best way to see a city, whether it’s the one you live in now, or a new one entirely. Happily I’m not the only one with that opinion, and now there are bike tour options in almost any country you visit. This 8 day bike tour along the Dalmation Coast in Croatia is top of my adventure destination list, followed by this 7-day tour of Castles in Transylvania.
Winter may be just around the corner, but in most parts of the USA it’s still warm enough to hop on your bike and go for a ride. We’ll see you out there!
New York Fashion Week is in full swing at the moment, with designers from all over the world presenting their latest collections. Curious about whether any of the designers were from our current collection’s regions of Hungary, Romania, or Croatia, I stumbled across the stunning work of Dora Abodi.
Dora Abodi was born in the Transylvania region, though her heritage is Hungarian, Romanian, German, Dutch, and Armenian. Her childhood was spent designing outfits for her dolls and toys. After studying law and journalism she finally decided to focus her energy on Fashion, and she graduated from Mod’Art International Budapest fashion school. Although only 26, she is already taking the fashion world by storm.
Adobi references literature, sci-fi books, and European comics as inspiration for her line, as well as movie stars from the 1940s, and says that she likes to create stories with her collections. When asked what hurdles she has had to overcome in her career she states “From Eastern Europe it is harder to develop a successful brand because of the financial problems, but on the other side it is a very inspirational and not yet discovered cultural milieu, so Hungarian designers are ‘rara avis’ and more interesting.”
Ecologically aware, Adobi tries to keep her lines as environmentally conscious as possible. Although handbags are a large part of her line, she does not use exotic leathers, only those from animals such as goats, cows, and sheep.
You can see Abodi’s work in person September 21st and 22nd at the Capsule Show in NYC.
The Carpathian mountains of Romania are home to a very large population of gray wolves. Commonly called Transylvania, this region contains the largest popluation of wild carnivorous animals in Western Europe. Recent counts have estimated that approximately 3,500 grey wolves live in this beautiful mountainous region, which makes up about 40% of the wolf population in Europe.
Grey wolves are the second largest carnivore in Europe, and can reach up to almost 5 feet in length and 175 pounds in weight. They live in hierarchical packs, and hunt mostly deer, boar, and smaller wild animals. Despite the negative stereotypes around their species and their widespread presence in Romania, they seldom come into contact with humans, preferring to keep to themselves in the deepest regions of the Carpathian mountains.
Grey wolves are not currently at risk for extinction, but their environments are still being threatened. With human populations expanding, the large natural territories they need for hunting and breeding are becoming smaller. Negative perception of their species by humans lead to a vast extermination of them throughout central and Northern Europe during the 19th century.
In acknowledgment of this beautiful region and the wildlife that inhabits it, we designed our Mt. Tampa Wolf Graphic Tee this season:
In support of efforts to help save this remarkable animal, Tea will adopt a Grey Wolf through World Wildlife Fund‘s Adopt an Animal program for one lucky winner. To enter the contest visit our facebook page, and comment on our post about Grey Wolves. Share with us your child’s favorite wild animal by the end of the day and the randomly selected winner will be announced tomorrow! To read more about WWF’s program, click here.
Something about being back at work after the long weekend turns my thoughts to wandering. How about a post with a few random travel thoughts?
From Laura B, our resident design guru and America’s favorite dancer: If you’re in Budapest, don’t miss Gellert Baths. Here she is on the Old World Hungary Inspiration Trip with Emily (Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder). Love that taxi!
From Tami, graphic designer extraordinaire and recent vacation returnee: Check out Krakow, Poland, especially the nearby Wieliczka salt mine, a Unesco World Heritage Site. And definitely bring your kids.
Look for a blog post from Tami later this week, all about her fabulous European travels (including Hungary).
Who doesn’t love the idea of active travel? I’ve been wanting to go on a Backroads trip forever. I think 2011 is the year. Perhaps a little yoga, cycling, hiking, golf? Read Athleta’s blog post for a little inspiration to unleash your adventurous traveler. I think their new adventure travel clothes with an easy, athletic spin are pretty fun.
And speaking of travel clothes…our new women’s (that’s right, I said women’s) Palace Tee and Cafe Merino Henley make great lightweight, fashionable and consummately wearable traveling pieces. Add one of our new scarves and you’ll be ready to go there, wherever there is. Take them with you on your next journey, even if it’s just across the street.
Share some of your favorite journeys with us here by commenting on this blog post. Cheers!
The Money Hat and other Hungarian Folk Tales was another great library find I discovered recently. Containing 14 Folk Tales covering such characters as witches and noblemen, heroes and soldiers, farmers and peasants, this book’s creation is a story in itself. Gyuri Biro was born in Budapest, but fled with his family to Austria after Hungary’s 1956 revolution. Biro held countless careers during his lifetime, as a cartoonist, an actor, a bartender, a professional boxer, and a draftsman. He eventually settled in the USA where he met Peggy Hoffman, and recruited her to help him write down the Folk Tales he was told as a child.
Putting together a collection of stories that has been passed down orally through generations is no easy feat, but this book has a lightness and yet very genuine feel and the stories are a pleasure to read. As a cartoonist, Biro also did all of the original illustrations:
The stories themselves are all a little too long to post here, but I highly recommend reading them. Most copies I’ve found have been at libraries as the book itself is out of print, but if you want to do further research it was published by Westminster Press in 1969.
* This is part of an ongoing blog series exploring children’s literature and folk tales from the regions of Hungary, Romania, and Croatia. Do you have any recommendations? If so please feel free to leave a comment below.
Some of our fans pointed out that it might be confusing to show nesting dolls in Old World Hungary, since nesting dolls are traditionally Russian. So we decided to do further research on the history of the nesting doll so that we could share it with our readers.
While the modern day nesting doll is most popularly associated with Russia, the first nesting dolls actually came from China. The Chinese crafted nesting boxes that date back to the Song Dynasty, around 1000 AD. These boxes were both functional and decorative. Sometime during the 1700s they applied this concept to a set of dolls and the first nesting doll was born.
Chinese nesting dolls are similar to the nesting dolls that are common today. In the original Chinese sets the smallest doll held a single grain of rice.
image found on the Hidden Treasures of Famen Si
The above image is actually as set of nested caskets. I am having a hard time finding images of traditional Chinese nesting boxes or the original Chinese nesting dolls. Does anyone have any good resources?
Nesting Dolls in Japan
Soon after nesting dolls originated in China they made their way to Japan. Japanese wooden dolls were made to look like the Seven Lucky Gods from Japanese mythology. The outer most doll was Fukurokuju the Japanese god of happiness and longevity. He had an abnormally long forehead, like in the doll below.
images found on: Ingrid’s Nesting Doll Page (left), MamaZakka (right)
It seems logical that the nesting doll concept would take off in Japan as they already had a tradition in similar dolls. Like nesting dolls, kokeshi dolls and daruma dolls do not have arms or legs. Both kokeshi and daruma dolls are hand painted with decorative bodies and simplified facial features.
Daruma dolls are modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. Daruma dolls originated in the city of Takasaki, around the mid 1760s. They are a hollow Papier-mâché doll and often have a wooden mold to create their shape.
Kokeshi dolls originated in Northern Japan during the Edo period (1600-1868). Kokeshi dolls are hand made of wood and have decorative painting. Many Kokeshi dolls, are made also made as a nesting dolls.
How the Nesting Doll Came to Russia
Some stories say the earliest set of Japanese nesting dolls were actually made by a Russian monk. Whether this is true or not, the nesting dolls made their way to Russia in the early 1890s when Savva Mamontov discovered a set. Mamontov was a wealthy supporter of the arts and wanted to revive Russian folk art. One of his artists, Sergei Maliutin created the first Russian set with the help of Vassily Zviozdochkin. Their concept was to turn the nesting dolls into a symbol of Russia.
image found here
The nesting dolls that inspired Mamontov and Maliutin would have been similar to the set above.
image found on Wikipedia
Above is the original set of nesting dolls by Maliutin. These dolls can still be seen at the Sergiev Posad Museum of Toys in Zagorsk, Russia.
The above are done in style of more traditional Russian style. Russian nesting dolls go by many names, Matryoshka (and many variations of that name), Russian Nesting Dolls, Stacking dolls, and sometimes babushka dolls, though there are arguments that this is not actually a name for the dolls. Matryoshka comes from Matryona, a popular Russian name at the time. Traditional dolls are meant to look like a Russian women in traditional Russian dress.
Throughout Eastern Europe
In 1900 Mamontov wife presented the first Russian nesting dolls at the World Exhibition in Paris. Soon after nesting dolls were being made throughout Russia and the surrounding regions. Nesting dolls today can be found in Eastern and Eastern Central Europe in countries like German, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine. Many of these countries have created their own motifs that are common to their region. Nesting dolls are popular souvenir items through Eastern Europe.
images found on Ingrid’s Nesting Doll Page
The dolls above are from Ukraine, they have unique bullet-shaped bodies.
images found on Ingrid’s Nesting Doll Page
These dolls from Poland have a more complex shape than the traditional Russian dolls. Our Design Guru, Laura Boes, remembers fondly playing with her Polish grandmother’s set, which looked very similar to the set on the top right.
image from Tea
We found these pretty floral sets while traveling in Hungary.
images found on Ingrid’s Nesting Doll Page
This set from Romania have large childlike eyes. They feel more playful than some of the more traditional sets.
Nesting Dolls Today
Today nesting dolls are popular all over the world. So popular in fact, that our we already sold out of our Nesting Doll Tee. Beyond the traditional motifs dolls, nesting dolls now come in sets of political leaders, pop icons, animals, and fairy tales, really almost anything you imagine. They’ve transcended their traditional form and have become a very popular icon, especially in the the crafting community. A search for matryoshka on Etsy yields more than 2500 results.
With all the variety in nesting dolls today it is easy to see why they would be so popular. There’s a nesting doll out there for everyone. A simple, but brilliant concept has given this toy universal appeal.
for the arist…images found on: Audree Lapierre (top left), Unedit my heart (top right), CB2 (center left), How Now Design Flickr (center right), ModaMuse (bottom left), the wurst gallery (bottom right)
For the fashionista…
for the techie…
images found on: Engadget (top left), ListsGalore! (top right), StarStore.com (middle left), Toys & Games reviews (middle right), Drysdale & Co (bottom left), GagdgetHER (bottom right)
sources and further reading
a nice collection of nesting jobs from all over the world: Ingrid’s Nesting Doll Page
another good source of nesting dolls from different regions: Nesting Doll Types
scroll to bottom of page for a great history: The Russian Store
another good history: Russia the Great
more history: eHow, Russian Legacy
brief history of Matryoshka, Kokeshi and Daruma Dolls Mama Zakka