Tag: cross cultural connections

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.

Voyage to Vietnam: A Tea Sponsored Exhibit at the Portland Children’s Museum

Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit Tea Collection

Here at Tea, we want to give children the world. We set out to help them discover new cultures and traditions, sparking their curiosity and opening their eyes and minds to a world beyond the one they know and live in. This spring, we’ve partnered with the Portland Children’s Museum to bring you a very special exhibit, Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tết Festival. Now through May 6th, stop by the museum to experience the beauty, sights, sounds and customs of Vietnam.

Curious what you’ll find there? Long-time Tea friend and local Portland mama, the wonderful Chelsee Hood of The House of Hood Blog, recaps her recent visit…

Tees that Tell Tales: The Legend Behind the Graphic


Tribal Tales Tees

The United States is home to a unique blend of cultures, each one with its own set of stories to tell. Indigenous tribes share a particularly rich oral tradition. Like many cultures, they’ve used storytelling to help explain the world around them. When science was not as advanced, ancient peoples often explained events like natural disasters as the work of the Great Spirit or the powerful connective forces of mother nature.

Though cultures and customs vary across hundreds of indigenous American nations, one thing they share in common is their belief that the universe is bound together by spirits of natural life—animals, plants, water, wind, sky, and even the Earth itself.

From powerful Hopi warrior spirits to the brave Cherokee water spider, let’s learn more about the empowering legends behind this season’s Native Artists graphic tunics and tees.