Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Season-spanning Kurti

Dolma kurti tunic in Orient Red with black accents. 
Derived from the Persian language, the word “kurta” (or kurti, when worn by women), means ‘a collarless shirt.’ Originally from India, the simple cotton top was always a staple garment of the country’s peasant class. But international designers caught on to the stylish comfort and flattering silhouette, creating kurti for movie stars and runway models, elevating the humble tunic to aspirational attire.

Today this classic has come to represent easy elegance — and in our opinion, ideal ‘transitional’ clothing. Floaty lightweight cotton is perfect for the remaining hot days of summer, while the loose fit and long sleeves make it an excellent piece for layering when the weather cools. Pair with lightweight cotton capris for the hot days, or a cami, jeans and an over-sized cozy cardigan for the coming chill of fall. 

At Momo, we offer a number of affordable kurti under $60: three from Dolma Handicrafts, hand-made, ethical and sustainable 100% cotton printed with bold, ethnic-flavored patterns. And one from New York’s Meg Cohen, also pure cotton, with a dramatic marbleized pattern in shades of navy, dark mauve and slate blue.

Detail of our Dolma Blue Leaf motif.
We love Dolma’s take on a traditional Japanese pattern.

Ever tasteful Meg Cohen's more subdued kurti.
Detail of the lush marbleized fabric.
Season-spanning clothing is an essential in Seattle, where spring flows into summer into fall, often gently and over a long period of time. Kurti tunics will add a touch of polish to your ‘Seattle practical’ wardrobe, starting today and well into tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inscrutable Eric Silva

Eric Silva defines the enigmatic artist. A dark-eyed man of few and softly spoken words, he reveals little of himself in conversation. This much he shared when last we met: he grew up in Southern California where his grandfather, a Mexican craftsman, taught him how to use his hands.

This much I know: in all my years of buying jewelry for Momo, Eric Silva remains one the most intriguing artists in the US. His work contrasts rustic with refined, the primitive with the pretty. 

Aside from sun-bleached bone, shed antler, and bits of wood, Eric reclaims sterling silver and brass, mixing it all up with rough-cut semi-precious stones. A master of movement, his pieces are minute, wearable sculptures.

In his Artist Statement, Eric ruminates, “My jewelry is about self-examination; revealing pieces of myself through artistic creations. I draw my inspiration from the often overlooked simplicity of beauty found in the ordinary.” Indeed, a case of action speaking louder than words.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sunny Sun Bonnets for Baby

Seattle is having an identity crisis this summer and has convinced itself that it's Arizona. Or Nevada. Or Mercury. In any case, this is definitely a year to protect your kiddo’s delicate face from harsh solar rays. Just in time: brand new baby bonnets from local designer Plastic Pony, maker of Momo’s sweet baby kimonos.

Made of adorable Japanese fabrics, the sun hats are 100% cotton, have an adjustable tie and are reversible to a bright white (most effective for reflecting the scorching sun). Available in two sizes: 3-9 months and 9-18 months. And at $20, they’re perfectly priced for a casual baby gift.

Tis the season for the outdoors. Whether you’re lounging at a bbq or catching some free summertime tunes at Volunteer Park, help keep the tots comfy and burn-free with a local, hand-made, super-kawaii cap.