More Than One Way to Have a Girls’ Day
One reason I love being an aunt, besides all the extra hugs and kisses, is to challenge, influence, and learn from my nieces. Watching those three little girls explore their surroundings, make connections, and see their brains explode with information is an amazing phenomenon to me. And as an influencer, I think it is pretty cool that I get to teach them a thing or two about life. As Clean Clothes grows, I think it is good to state that it is not just about what you wear, but how you present yourself. My nieces thought it was pretty cool that they got to help me with “work.”
Baby Peppers is a company out of Australia. With their complementary items, my nieces and I had a fun-filled day of styling outfits for their photo shoot, monkey bowling, and building a fort with block printed fabrics. I was able to explain to them the philosophy of fair trade as well as the difference between handmade and factory-made. My oldest niece asked what block printing was - I related it to the stamps that she uses while making cards. Although this post isn’t about our wardrobe and what we wear, I think I was teaching my nieces a valuable lesson about presentation: that knowledge is important, as is the ability to explain it in relatable ways. In addition, presenting to people with valuable fair knowledge or a new creative idea is a great way to connect with others.
We had so many fun ideas while playing! Our bowling session then turned into a new game, “6 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” We also rolled the bowling balls through their climb through tunnel and rearranged the fort to accommodate all the necessities! Our “Girls’ Day” wasn’t just about styling or how we looked, but about learning, playing, and having fun. Thank you Baby Peppers for your fun toys and beautiful work!
Learn more about what we played with:
Tote Bag - hand-woven recycled polyethylene baskets and bags, which have been ethically sourced from Baladarshan, a world renowned fair trade organization that helps single moms living in the slums of Chennai, India.
Baby Dohars - The name comes from doharana, which means repetition in Hindi and has overtime taken the meaning of ‘layers.’ They are hand block printed blankets and no two are the same.
Kalamkari Quilt - a small design studio run by a woman in Uttar Pradesh, India hand make elephant plushies and matching quilt sets. The fabrics used on these products are known as Kalamkari fabrics and they are colored with natural vegetable dyes and produced with seventeen steps. The fabrics also come from a fair trade artisan group based in Andra Pradesh, India.
Monkey Bowling Set – a vegetable dyed handmade wooden toys made from a 200 year old turnwood art form, also sourced from a fair trade artisan group based in Channapatna, Karnakata, India.