Each season, Tea Collection is inspired by a different country + its culture. In the past, Tea has traveled to Japan, Australia, Italy + many more places. This is all a part of their mission of global connectivity. This season, we here at Little are SO EXCITED about Scotland. The collection is filled with the flora + fauna of Scotland as well as images from seaside fishing villages. The colorways are filled with bright reds, navy blues,+ indigoes.
But what we really love, and we think our tiny customers will really, really love is all of the Scottish folklore that Tea has incorporated into this collection. Tees feature mermaids, unicorns, the Loch Ness monster + the Selkie. The images are beautiful + make us dream of traveling overseas to search the rolling hills for magic + adventure.
Just for fun, here are some fun facts about these centuries-old creatures from Scotland:
The unicorn was adopted as Scotland’s national animal by King Robert in the late 1300s.
Though the unicorn is noble + has healing + cleansing abilities, it is also believed to be incredibly powerful, able to defeat a lion – it’s natural enemy. The tradition of the feud between lions + unicorns dates back to the ancient Babylonians in 3,500 B.C.
Unicorn horns (horns from other animals) were often bought and sold for thousands of pounds + were given as gifts to kings or religious institutions. They were an extravagant gift, thought to have healing powers + to be an antidote to poison. In the oldest depictions of unicorns, their horns were black.
Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster is an aquatic being rumored to live in Loch Ness (loch = lake) in the Scottish Highlands.
The monster has a long neck, like an Apatosaurus + one or two humps on its back.
While the legend of “Nessie” originally dates back to 565 A.D., the monster didn’t gain worldwide attention until 1933 when a man from London named George Spicer reported seeing, “the nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life" coming out of the Loch with an animal in its mouth to the Inverness Courier.
The latest “sighting” was in 2014 on Apple Maps.
Selkies are mythological creatures found in Irish, Icelandic + Scottish folklore. Selkies lives as seals in the sea + shed their skin to become human on land.
Stories often revolve around the selkie’s sealskin being stolen + claimed as wives by humans.
Male selkies exist as well. If a woman wishes to meet a selkie, it is said that she must seven tears into the ocean.
Origins of this mythology are thought to come from Scottish men marrying Finnish women, misidentified as selkies because of their sealskin clothing.
The Scottish mermaid or merman is also referred to as a Merrow.
Stories of mermaid-like creatures have existed in most cultures for thousands of years.
Mermaids are described as beautiful, modest, affectionate + gentle. The merrow is believed to be capable of attachment to human beings + legends tell of human/mermaid marriages, resulting in descendants covered in scaly skin with webbing between fingers + toes.
Some Scottish legends tell of a cap or cape (sometimes described as being red) that enables the merrow to dive beneath water. Without it, they will be unable to return to their underwater home. Some stories exist where the mer-creatures lend their cape to a human, allowing them to dive + breath underwater.
We invite you to shop Tea Collection’s Scotland collection in store and on-line and discover these mythical animals. We hope you love it as much as we do!