I just got back from a trip to the Tea Collection headquarters in San Francisco, where I learned lots about the brand and the people who make it happen. One thing that really stood out for me was that the art team uses traditional methods for designing their prints and embellishments, following the techniques of the culture/country they are representing in each of their collections. For instance, for the Bali collection which is arriving in our shops now, they used batik, block printing, photo sensitive paper, and drawings with india ink and bamboo brushes. They manually created their own blocks, drawings, etc. and then scanned them in for final specs sent to their manufacturers all over the world. To give you an idea of what a block carving looks like, I attached this picture of an owl done by The Sometimes Crafter. You can see a tutorial on block carving/printing on their blog. This hoodie, from the Tea Collection Bali shipment, can be found in our La Jolla and Del Mar stores, as well as online.
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