Teach through fashion: how to keep your kids close to their culture
When it comes to teaching your kids about topics that are deeper than “numbers and colors”, it might be a tricky task to get their attention, and to keep it. So teaching them about their culture and heritage might be a really difficult job. An easy way to start the conversation and test the water is through fashion. Clothing plays a very important role in expressing cultural traditions, values, and history and most cultures have very unique traditional clothing. So if you want your kids to start appreciating their culture and learn more about it, the way to do it is by incorporating culture into their daily activities, outfits and conversations. And if you have no idea where to start, don’t worry, we’ll guide you through it in this article.
One of the most direct ways to introduce your child to their cultural heritage is by adding traditional attire to their wardrobe. Traditional clothing varies widely across cultures, from kimonos and sarees to Aran sweaters and mantillas. These garments not only reflect the culture but often carry deep historical and symbolic significance. Dressing your child in traditional pieces for special occasions or cultural celebrations will help them visualize parts of their culture. For example, if you want them to celebrate their Irish heritage, get them some Irish pieces on Keilys and try adding a story to every piece, so that they feel entertained and curious about it.
Symbols and patterns
Because most cultures have a lot of symbols and patterns attached to their culture, this is a perfect way for kids to get interested in their history. For example, Native American families can use tribal prints, African families can include Adinkra symbols, and Chinese families can incorporate traditional patterns like the dragon or phoenix. These symbols are all colorful and fun looking so they will keep your kid curious which makes them perfect for a random lesson about their heritage. Use these symbols in clothing, coloring books, or other daily activities.
The things that your kids remember most of and what they’ll want to do again and again are all the fun ones. So transforming lessons into fun activities will keep them engaged for longer. Have a DIY project where you create your own cultural pieces such as beaded jewelry, embroidered patches, or tie-dye fabrics. Make sure you keep them cultural with national colors, patterns or just with stories along the way. These kinds of experiences will be both fun and educational, and they will allow your kid to explore their culture and creativity at the same time.