Tag: cross cultural connections

Mexican Motifs: Otomi Embroidery

The Southwest is alive with the vibrant folk art motifs that are so characteristic of indigenous artwork found all over Mexico. Developed by the native Otomi people in the small, plateau town of Tenango, are some of the most fantastic embroidered textiles we’ve ever set eyes on. Drawing inspiration from bold colors, animals, and floral prints, the time-honored tradition of Otami embroidery is hinted at in a handful of our summer styles.

Finding Healing in Malaysia: The Khan Family’s Eat, Pray, Love Journey

Family Vacation Kuala Lumpur

Long-time Tea friend and Foreign Correspondent, Sumiya Khan, recently returned from Malaysia with her two children where they spent a week exploring and visiting with dear friends. Having lost her husband to cancer just over a year ago, she shares her eat, pray, love journey as a newly single parent.

Mexican Motifs: Oaxacan Florals

Mexico is a country rich in incredible culture, tradition and creative expression. Toward the southern tip lies Oaxaca, a state particularly famous for its fascinating mix of colonial buildings, colorful cuisine and strong indigenous influence (more than half of the nation’s indigenous Mesoamerican speakers call this rugged region home). A collector’s dream, it is the place to go for the best folk art finds.

A Taste of Aloha: Polynesian Inspired Prints

Polynesian Prints

Tourists from all over the world are drawn to the Hawaiian Islands for their paradise charm. And while the surreal white-sand beaches, lush jungles and mesmerizing sunsets make for an incredibly relaxing escape, there’s so much fascinating culture to experience as well.

Hawaii’s rich native culture has its origins in the Polynesians who, over 1,000 years ago, voyaged from the Marquesas Islands in handmade canoes. Today, Polynesian influence can be seen everywhere from art and dance, to traditional delicacies. See how some of these traditions made their way onto our latest designs.

Ciao! The Talbot Gals Do Italy

Vacation to Italy Alexa Talbot

Ciao from Italy! Meet Alexa Talbot, long-time lover of Tea and Bay Area mama to two adorable little girls, Margaret (2.5) and Evelyn (5). As a Tea Foreign Correspondent, Alexa shares the story of her recent mother-daughter adventure to Italy where she, her mom and her two daughters spent a few weeks exploring Lake Como and Venice. Follow along as she shares their journey with us.  

Destination Golden State: A Spring Break Getaway to Sunny California

San Diego Murals

Meet Natalia Welsh, Vancouver mom and long-time Tea customer who recently returned from a sunny spring break trip with the family to the Southern California coast. Follow along as she shares their west coast adventures.

Wandering West for Summer

West Coast Inspired Style

Spring Break has come and gone which means, pretty soon, summer will be upon us. Time to swap out the scarves for sunnies and head west where big swells, blue skies and endless ocean awaits. From the carefree surfer culture of SoCal to Hawaii’s tropical aloha vibes, join us as we soak up the warm air and laid-back lifestyle of the West Coast.