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Connecting Cultures with Fashion: Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos… On Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 it is Hispanic tradition to hold a holiday to remember dead ancestors and celebrate their rebirth. The tradition began with pre-Hispanic culture influences that saw death as a transition between lives. {Learn more about Dia de los Muertos.} This tradition is celebrated all over the valley where I live here in Central Washington – since our local economy is based on agriculture, we have a really large Hispanic population here. It’s very cool that over the past few years we’ve seen bigger and better celebrations that are important to their culture, and give us a chance to learn more about them. We have one of the biggest {maybe even THE biggest} Cinco de Mayo celebration in the state, an amazingly delicious Tamale Festival, and several events to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. I love that Abby gets a chance to be exposed to new experiences like this.

Mixed Up Clothing is a multiethnic children's clothing lineThere’s a kids clothing company out there that shares my values, and understands wanting to open your kid’s eyes to other cultures – Founded in 2007, Mixed Up Clothing is a multiethnic children’s clothing line inspired by the textiles, cultures and people of the world, to develop friendships through fabrics. Each piece featured really cool, unique fabrics that tie into different cultures around the world. And the quality is seriously amazing.

Dia de los Muertos print dressAs you can see – the fashions are bright and fun, with a tough of whimsy too. Abby has this middle dress, in a Dia de los Muertos print fabric. It is honestly one of my very favorite wardrobe pieces she’s ever had, and we get more compliments on it than anything else that she wears. At first glance it’s just a cute and colorful little girls dress – but once you look again, you see the totally unique print of the fabric, with the intricate skull print.

Dia de los Muertos dress for toddlerThese days, Abby has to wear her dress with a hoodie, since the weather is getting colder. I’m thinking that it’ll be SUPER cute with black leggings and a long sleeve black top underneath too. The fabric is totally NOT a basic, cheap cotton kids dress – it’s really soft, with a luxurious feel to it. I’m telling you – I’d DIE for this dress to be made in my size!!! Love it. And, I really appreciate the idea behind these fashions… By using interesting fabrics like this, you open up the conversation with kids – about other countries, cultures, celebrations, and people around the world. And – if you want to celebrate too, get some fun Dia de los Muertos kids activities to do together. If you celebrate – leave me some comments below, sharing your traditions. I’d love to learn more…

To learn more – visit Mixed Up Clothing online today. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter too, for updates on new products and promotions!

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary dress from Mixed Up Clothing, through Celebrity Trend Expert Rachel Florio PR. All opinions are 100% my own – only the best products end up here on Sunshine and Sippy Cups!}




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