Linen + plastic? Why not!

A young Lithuanian designer Zygimante Astrauskaite from the Vilnius Art Academy decided that such a natural and eco-friendly fabric as linen can match quite well with used plastic packaging from snacks and other everyday items. Her collection ephasises both the current eco-friendly and recycling trends in fashion industry and the consumerism of today’s society. Check out some designs from the collection in the pictures below.

A design by Z. Astrauskaite - photo by Egle Jociute

A design by Z. Astrauskaite - photo by Egle Jociute

A design by Z. Astrauskaite - photo by Egle Jociute

A design by Z. Astrauskaite - photo by Egle Jociute

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Linen in this season’s fashion

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, eco-friendly fabrics, including linen, are becoming more and more popular every year both in ready-to-wear and high fashion.

Lithuanian designers say that this year there are a few silhouettes of linen clothes that are popular. The first one is 80’s style: emphasised waist and straight lines, including bell-bottom pants, wide skirts and shirts with shoulder widening effect. Another popular silhouette is a straight one, including straight pants and dresses.

A model by G. Sarkauskas - delfi.lt

The length of linen dresses, skirts and pants can vary from knee-high to very long. The most popular colours this season are white and the natural linen colour, which is a lot like the colour of sand. White linen colour has already become a summer classic. If you don’t like these neutral colours, you can choose blue, green, yellow or red linen clothes – all of these are more or less fashionable this year.

The linen fabric can be woven in various patterns. Vertical or horizontal, narrow or wide, curves or straight lines meet circles, dots and various floral motives – it doesn’t really matter this year, as linen looks wonderful in any pattern.

A model by A. Anaite - delfi.lt

Bright coloured clothes could be matched with vivid, contrasting details and accessories. Sand and grey coloured clothes can be jazzed up with brightly coloured straps or flowers and a colourful purse or wrap.

However, you should always leave space for imagination – sometimes the best fashion creations are born at home. 🙂

Children can be stylish too

All mothers dress children so that they are comfortable. But only comfort is not good enough. Wrong choice of clothes can also influence your child‘s personality.

Let‘s not forget that child‘s personality and values are formed in early childhood. Therefore, to help children to develop their sense of style and taste, we should pay attention not only to what books they read, games they play, music they listen to, people they interact with, but also to what they wear.

Boys wool sweater west from LinenKids

You might think that it‘s rather snob to dress children in designer clothes and buy expensive high quality clothes because they outgrow them so fast, but the correct choice of clothes can influence your child‘s behaviour and mood. It‘s better to have one piece of stylish clothing that can be worn for different occasions or every day activities. Your child would then feel stylish every day and it‘s a fact that stylish clothes affect your child’s behaviour and mood. The most important thing when choosing an outfit for a child is, of course, its quality. All mothers know that we have to wash clothes very often, so it‘s important to be sure that clothes are long-lasting, and will not loose its shape after being washed.

Most often children wear is classic, but each season it is highlighted with many different colors and ornaments. Clothes should be decorated with big applications like flowers, leaves and all what‘s natural, borrowed from the nature. The main focus remains on natural and eco-friendly materials, and highlighting your child‘s personality, which will also help to create an intelligent approach to the environment and other people.

Basically, fashion trends may change every year, but they stay more or less stable in the world of children fashion, because the main idea for children clothes is that they should be comfortable, easily washable and dear to children, as they are the ones who wear them. We at LinenKids offer clothes that have all these qualities. Moreover, our clothes are of more classic style, so they are always fashionable. Most importantly, the kids seem to love them!

How toys help to educate your children

There are all kinds of toys available for children these days – from figurines of superheroes to children-sized copies of real-life cars. Some of them only let you do some housework while your child is busy playing with them, but some of them also help the children to develop in all kinds of ways. A great example for such kind of toy is LEGO, which helps to improve a child’s imagination while it’s still really fun to play with. But the problem with most of the modern toys for an eco-conscious parent is that they are not made with regard to saving the nature and they can be made from some materials that are harmful to the children.

But there are some toys which are both eco-friendly and developing. A great example of such toys is the ones that are called the Waldorf toys. There are all kinds of Waldorf toys, but all of them have the same qualities: they are made from natural, child-friendly materials, they are beautiful, inspiring, pleasant to hold in one’s hands and, most importantly, they develop children’s creativity and imagination. They usually have little detail, leaving a lot of room for imagination. In a Waldorf school, things such as stones or seashells can become toys.

At LinenKids, we have a huge collection of hand-made eco-friendly wooden toys. All of those toys are crafted by Mr. and Mrs. Alisauskai, Lithuanian folk artists living in one of the oldest Lithuanian villages – Senieji Trakai. Not only do these toys look amazing and are of highest quality, they also help to develop and educate children in many ways.

Motor skills. Some toys, such as the Hedhehog Sticks Wooden Toy pictured below, help little children to develop their coordination.

Sound. Other toys, like the Woodpeckers Wooden Toy, will help your child to understand how sound works and where it comes from.

Colours. Most of the toys, for example the Cat Wooden Toy, have at least three basic colours and can help to teach children the names of the colours.

Logical skills. Lacing games, such as the Apple Wooden Puzzle, take some time to solve for both children and adults alike and help to develop the child’s logical thinking.

Some toys not only have some of the above features, but can also teach your kids some practical skills, such as the very well-liked Shoes and Laces Wooden Toy! Just don’t forget that children like their toys much more when you let them choose the toys themselves. So get your child on your lap and browse our toy collection together – you will really find something that suits the both of you. 🙂

Lithuanian Sauna

Traditional Lithuanian bathhouse

Most of Lithuanians visit a sauna (“pirtis” in Lithuanian) at least once every year. It’s very popular in summertime, when you can heat yourself up (Lithuanian saunas are known to be VERY hot!) in the sauna and jump into a lake to cool down. There’s nothing better than wrapping yourself into a soft linen towel afterwards. Not only does it help to keep your body warm, it also absorbs the water very well. Did I mention that it’s really soft? 🙂

Linen terry towel from LinenKids

Eco-friendly trends in fashion

As the world is becoming more environmentally conscious and “going green” is becoming a leading philosophy of life, people want to be nature-friendly in every aspect of their lives. Fashion is not an exception – people would like to go green, but don’t want to wear a recycled burlap sack. They want their clothes to be comfortable and fashionable, and that is why the fashion industry is becoming more and more eco-friendly every year.

Well known apparel brands such as American Apparel, Barney’s New York, D&G and Saks have introduced eco-friendly product lines, and they are not the only ones. There are hundreds of e-shops and boutiques specializing in trendy, fashionable eco-friendly clothes. The demand for such apparel is becoming higher every year, so this market should only expand and the choice will become even wider.

Eco-friendly clothes are made from natural and/or fair trade materials grown without any pesticides. These materials include, among others, cotton, wool, linen and bamboo. They are not chemically treated in any way and dyed only with natural, environmentally friendly dyes. Some of the companies offer completely recycled clothes, such as shoes with soles made from recycled car tires.

Even movie stars, such as Emma Watson from the Harry Potter series, are popularizing the environmentally conscious ways of creating fashion. This year, Ms. Watson has teamed up with high fashion designer Alberta Ferretti to create Pure Threads by Emma Watson, an eco-friendly fashion collection. If well-known celebrities who are known for their fashion sense start eco-friendly product lines, we should expect this trend only to grow.

There are also brands which create high fashion clothes in an eco-friendly way, such as Green Goddess, EcoSkin, The Batallion Eco Couture, Sworn Virgins and Beau Soleil. As this becomes more and more popular, we should expect “green” high fashion clothes to be introduced on the catwalks in Paris, London and Milan in a few years.

Even the catwalk is eco-friendly in this show at the 13th Rio Fashion Week! - inhabitat.com

The importance of colours in a child‘s life

Colours are important - cwrl.utexas.edu

It was usually thought that children are born colourblind and learn to distinguish colours over time. Recent researches have shown that it is not true, as babies as young as four months old have preferences of colours. That‘s why colours are even more important in a child‘s life, and in even younger age than thought before.

If we believe researchers from Surrey Baby Lab, children distinguish colours right after they are born. They learn the names of the colours in ages 2 to 5, and the first names they learn are of the colours they like, which are bright and clear, like red, yellow or green. Red and yellow are thought to be the favourite colours of babies and children up to the age of 5. Since the age of 6, children usually learn more colours and their opinions toward them tend to become more individual and different from other children.

It is important to know which colours your child enjoys the most and which of them the least, because for them it’s the same as for the grownups – imagine having to spend a lot of time in a room painted in a colour you hate. That’s why children always have to participate in choosing the colours of their room walls, their toys or clothes.

This also helps children to express themselves. Children which can choose the colours of the objects in their room, their clothes, or the ones which they use to paint, tend to become more capable to express themselves, more easygoing and confident. On the other hand, the children who are told when and where to use what colour, tend to have difficulties when making choices in their later life.

Colours can also teach children a certain way of life. For example, if a child is surrounded by natural, rich colours and the colour tones met in nature, like various greens or earth tones, he or she can be expected to be respectful to nature and more eco-friendly in later life. So if you think of environment as an important thing and want your children to think the same, you should not only teach them to recycle, but also send suliminal messages to them. Objects and clothes painted in natural colours should help you in this case.

But never forget to let your child choose the colours that surround him. If he or she doesn‘t like the natural tones, it doesn‘t mean he or she won‘t respect the environment in later life. There are other ways to teach that, while the all-important quality of the ability to express themselves is probably best teached by letting your children to show and express their preferences of colours.