While traveling through Argentina and Bolivia, you’re sure to see llamas! We found them roaming the Andes Mountains, on far away farms and throughout tiny towns. Llamas are native to South America have been a friend to people since the time of the Incas when they were first used as pack animals, carrying goods and wares over the rough terrain. They have a soft wool coat that keeps them warm throughout the winter which is often used to make soft luxurious sweaters and hats! Llamas are also guardians for sheep and goats, protecting them against many predators. In honor of the many llamas we found along our way, you’ll find several llama inspired pieces this fall – from a photoreal tee to a sweet print for baby, there’s a type of llama for everyone. We’ve rounded up fun facts you might not have known about llamas and don’t miss this fall’s inspired designs!
This June, we feature our Citizen Blue collection that draws on inspiration from travels on the sea. We put a spin on classic stripes with playful graphics or a bow tie. We were inspired by all things nautical like sand dollars, anchors, sea gull and submarines. We envision our Tea little citizens putting on these fun styles and going out to the backyard to play pretend. Live by the seashore ? Take these styles for a spin on the boardwalk or for an afternoon sail!
Monkeys are everywhere in India! But beware, not all are as cute and friendly as they may seem. Some monkeys have been known to swipe your jacket or hat when you aren’t looking. These mischievous monkeys were the perfect inspiration for our playful graphics on our boys and little girls tees. See the story behind the inspiration…
Goa is a coastal gem found in west India bordering the Arabian Sea. As the smallest state in India, over 80% of Goa is compromised of beaches with swaying palm trees, deep blue water and sandy beaches. Both locals and tourists make the trip to discover the beaches many different attractions. Check out our newest swim styles inspired by these beautiful beaches!
Modern India takes great care and pride to retain the extraordinary refinement of its many palaces, old temples and ancient forts. We’ve fondly named our newest delivery, Paisley Palace. From the stunning marble dome of the Taj Mahal to the ornate arches of the Mysore Palace to the spectacular paintings that adorn the Amer Fort, there is no lack of inspiration in the architecture in India. Many of our designs in this collection are named after these great palaces! Take a look at the history of these great sites to better understand the story behind the design.
The Amer Fort was built by the conqueror Raja Man Singh who ruled from 1590-1614 AD. On our visit here, we rode painted elephants and admired the red curtains that framed the fort. We were inspired by the elaborate painted motifs on the walls and ceilings in the Jaipur City Palace.
In India, trucks are called lorries and they can be found zooming along streets and highways. Driving in India is a bit hectic… the streets are a symphony of constant horn blowing and busy cars. The lorries are painted in all kinds of crazy colors. The idea is that if you’re loud and bright, everyone will see and hear you coming and get out of your way! We found it all to be beautifully chaotic.
Over our travels, we have been inspired by dragon folklore and symbolism that is revered in many Asian cultures. Though their physical appearance may differ from country to country, the dragons legend is consistent throughout. They are the symbol of power, strength and good luck. Chinese dragons are also closely associated with water. They are said to reside in rivers, lakes and oceans. Ancient Korean folklore suggests that dragons are capable of speaking and understanding emotions such as kindness, devotion and gratitude. Japanese dragons are much like Chinese in appearance and are connected to Buddhism and thought to live in the ponds and lakes near temples.
During the celebrations for the Chinese New Year, which begins on February 19th, 2015, you will see many dragons, especially in parades where people dance with large dragon figures. Here is a craft activity to recreate a dragon, like the one shown in our Daring Dragon Double Decker Tee, that you can share with little citizens to help them explore the ancient Asian mythology.
What You’ll Need to Draw a Dragon:
-1 sheet of white paper
-colored pencils or crayons