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The Collectors: Children’s Tribal Hats and Baby Shoes

Mar 25, 2010

by rikrak handmade and vintage goods

Rikrak_bio.jpgI just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their homes. Today, I’m delighted to present the next in an ongoing series here on Etsy’s Blog: The Collectors. First published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, it’s 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).  â€¨ 

To celebrate Etsy Euro week, hope you’ll just love this collection with the wonderful fleurfatale!


Gosh. I just adore a great story. And I love the tales behind handmade collections: the where did it come from; the how did it begin. You know the kind of fables I mean: a collection story that can capture our imaginations with riveting plotlines, exotic scenery, inspiring characters, all the while allowing us to escape into another world, if just for a few minutes! Now that’s a good story in my book.

Such is certainly the case with today’s beautiful handmade hats and shoes collection. Talented Belgian Etsy designer fleurfatale began her collection while on a journey to adopt a child on another continent.  Each piece she gathers tells its own important tale within her inspiring and amazing life story.fleurpicture_1.jpg

Who (are you): My name is Greet Tanghe and my Etsy shop is fleurfatale.

What (are you collecting): Handmade Asian tribal children’s hats and tribal baby shoes.

When (did you start): I bought the first back in 1998 in the mountain hills of North Vietnam when I went to Hanoi for the adoption of my eldest child, Maia. â€¨ 

How (many do you have?): Not too many, as you only find them here in Europe in antique shops and they are quite expensive! â€¨ 



Where (do you find them):
 I brought some from Vietnam, friends bring them from their travels and my brother (who is married to a Chinese woman and lives in Beijing) gives me the Chinese ones. â€¨ 

Where (do you keep them): They travel around my house, changing with the seasons and my mood —
sometimes I expose just one, sometimes more, in combination with my other thrifted finds.

What (‘s an interesting story behind one): I like the traditional Chinese belief behind the tiger hats and shoes: Chinese parents believe that these tigers protect the little babies and kids from any danger.

What (piece would you like to add): I saw some very cute antique tiger boots in a shop in Bruges, but they were very expensive!



Why (do you love them): I was touched by the beautiful handiwork of the women in the hill tribe Hmong (North Vietnam), from which my daughter originates. I love the embroidery, the lively colors, the use of fabric scraps and thrown away materials. â€¨ 


Which (one is your favourite) & why: The hat with the bells and the blue cat shoes with embroidery on the bottom. 

What (else do you collect): I also collect vintage buttons, miniature teapots, vintage wallpaper and all kind of vintage findings that I can reuse in my jewelry work.

Thanks so very much for sharing your wonderful story, fleurfatale. Like her beautiful collection, fleurfatale’s own fabled handmade jewelry boutique captures our imaginations, each piece telling a story rich in whimsical artistry. Be sure to visit her inspiring blog for a delightful trip into her world.

How about you? Have a great collectors story? What do you collect? I’d love to hear. Please post in the comments below.

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  • silkstory

    silkstory said 9 years ago

    Very sweet details and nicely made composition of pics - thank you for sharing this finds!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 9 years ago

    Congrats fleurfatale! Beautiful collection...Thanks for sharing...

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    wonderful colors and designs. i collect hats from different countries as well. they hang on my bedroom wall and throughout the house.

  • martice

    martice said 9 years ago

    cute :)

  • fricdementol

    fricdementol said 9 years ago

    :D I so love to see you and the kids! What a colorful pleasure! :))

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 9 years ago

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing this. There is nothing cuter than a kid in a colorful hat!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 9 years ago

    lovely items .Congrats Fleurfatale ! Wonderful and lovely collection.

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 9 years ago

    Love all the hats and the shoes are so cute!

  • BohemiaJewellery

    BohemiaJewellery said 9 years ago

    So adorable!

  • desertnana

    desertnana said 9 years ago

    Incredible collection started for the best reason EVER! ~Hugs

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 9 years ago

    lovely collectio!

  • jenniferladd

    jenniferladd said 9 years ago

    I loved reading this story - and seeing the beautiful pictures! I, too, adopted my little girl from Vietnam and fell in love with these little shoes while visiting Hanoi! What a great collection of them (I'm so jealous!).

  • yummyandcompany

    yummyandcompany said 9 years ago

    love this! thanks for sharing!

  • dinafragola

    dinafragola said 9 years ago

    Oh so cute! What a cool collection!

  • NeedSomeBling

    NeedSomeBling said 9 years ago

    These are adorable! I love the bright colors! They look absolutely fun for the kids to wear.

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 9 years ago

    what an amazing collection - so exotic and colorful :) thank you so much for sharing this with us

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 9 years ago

    Those hats and shoes are so colorful and beautiful! I love them!

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 9 years ago

    what a colorful collection, wonderful!

  • Meliscraft

    Meliscraft said 9 years ago

    Lovely colection..Thank you Greet:)))

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 9 years ago

    These are incredible finds! ice to see the person behind all that gorgeous jewelry.

  • 4pippi

    4pippi said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing. I love the color.


    SIMPLYL said 9 years ago

    stunning, will concept some in my slipper collection

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 9 years ago

    These are so sweet :)


    SIMPLYL said 9 years ago

    Stunning will concept in my handmade slipper collection.

  • birribe

    birribe said 9 years ago

    So lovely to see this collection, thanks for sharing.

  • CecilandCo

    CecilandCo said 9 years ago

    Very cute!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 9 years ago

    Fantastic artwork in itself! Colorful and darling...I can see why you love them!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 9 years ago

    So pretty and original!

  • ThongbaiTatong

    ThongbaiTatong said 9 years ago

    Fleur, you collect wonderful items.. They are so cute and colorful. Thanks for sharing, Fleur ane Rikrak. And thanks heaps for featuring my scarf!!

  • cookieletta

    cookieletta said 9 years ago

    So cute !!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    What a fun thing to collect Fleur! Thanks for sharing!

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 9 years ago

    Super collection & super woman! Lovely article RikRak & Fleur! :)

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 9 years ago

    I love the cheery colors, the variation in textures and patterns. Such a sweet collection... Thanks for sharing!

  • kirevi8

    kirevi8 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful collection,unique hats!Love them all! Thanks for featuring my textile bib necklace:)

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 9 years ago

    What a lovely sjtory - good luck to you!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Unique collection! Thanks for sharing, I have collected bird figurines,children books and McCoy vases.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 9 years ago

    lovely article! thank you for sharing!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    I love the beautiful items in this collection. I love all the colorful items.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Awesome collection! Love it!

  • chrisapiti

    chrisapiti said 9 years ago

    lovely collection keep going!!!!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 9 years ago

    How fun! What a creative collection to have!

  • krize

    krize said 9 years ago

    You have such a funny colection, so when it rains you can put one of these happy hats and make a day brighter! :)

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 9 years ago

    So colorful and cheery, must be fun to have around!

  • vadjutka

    vadjutka said 9 years ago

    Amazing personality with amazing collection! I love tribal clothing and jewelry.

  • madebyferdy

    madebyferdy said 9 years ago

    so nice !! I want them all

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 9 years ago

    love your collection! there is magic in all those tiny bells, singing birds , blooming flowers..

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 9 years ago

    Oh, such a cute little collection!

  • ravenwren

    ravenwren said 9 years ago

    A sweet collection and one I had never considered. Great photos!

  • LaLaShoes

    LaLaShoes said 9 years ago

    Congratulations Fleurfatale! It's a curious and beautiful collection! Good luck with finding more! :) Thank you RikRak! :)

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 9 years ago

    Hooray for the collectors, stunning colorful photos! I'm such a minimalist...except when it comes to vintage lace!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

    love, love, love all the wonderful hats and booties from around the world! amazing!!!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 9 years ago

    Simply BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 9 years ago

    This is so precious!! Thanks for sharing :)

  • jarabas

    jarabas said 9 years ago

    Love it! This winter I ordered hand made Mongolian boots. I hope they will be the first in my collection of tribal footware.

  • julescraft

    julescraft said 9 years ago

    I love the gorgeous hats. Just adore the colours!

  • twoinspireyou

    twoinspireyou said 9 years ago

    What a fun article to read! I've never really collected anything, I tend to throw things out but when they're items this beautiful... I can see the attraction to them!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 9 years ago

    Beautiful hats, shoes, and children!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 9 years ago

    darling feature ! LOVE the brights!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 9 years ago

    Love this collection, thanks so much for sharing! What an adorable bunch of children too!

  • vinboo

    vinboo said 9 years ago

    I Love it!!! I can get many inspiration from tribal too!

  • kickshaw

    kickshaw said 9 years ago

    So colourful and fun!

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 9 years ago

    Those items are BEAUTIFUL!!

  • BellaChicbyalicia

    BellaChicbyalicia said 9 years ago

    very cute! thanks for sharing :)

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 9 years ago

    Love the Tribal collection (it inspires me as well) and there is just something really special about people that adopt! You have beautiful children. Many blessings to you and your family!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 9 years ago

    Wawwwwww! Gorgeous collection Fleur! I love so much!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 9 years ago

    Lovely items!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 9 years ago

    Wooooow so cute and Beautiful they are, congrats Fleur!!!!

  • LifeCovers

    LifeCovers said 9 years ago

    So colourful and adorable children.

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 9 years ago

    What a great collection. And wonderful items too.

  • gr8jewellery

    gr8jewellery said 9 years ago

    What an amazing collection!

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 9 years ago

    I also love to collect things of my travels!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 9 years ago

    How beautiful and colorful collection of children hats!! i love all :)

  • flowersbythevase

    flowersbythevase said 9 years ago

    so colourful.....what a great collection....

  • Kreativlink

    Kreativlink said 9 years ago

    Adorable! The collection, the kids and Greet herself! :)

  • CrossedPromise

    CrossedPromise said 9 years ago

    This was a lovely story, thanks for sharing it! I collect cups! Tea cups, mugs, tumblers, shot glasses, you name it. My entire collection is vintage and found over years of searching :) Always a good feeling when you find a piece of your collection.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 9 years ago

    gorgeous collection of textures and patterns-truly little works of art from around the globe!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 9 years ago

    What an outstanding item to collect. I would have never thought... Thank you so much for sharing.

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    Love all the hats

  • mck254

    mck254 said 9 years ago

    what a wonderful article and collection! I have one pair of the lion face baby shoes. Now I wish I'd started a whole collection too!

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 9 years ago

    What a great collection! Loved the article :)

  • valeriatelier

    valeriatelier said 9 years ago

    fantastic collection! With many colours. I love it!

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike said 9 years ago

    I love Greets collection, mainly because of the story that goes with it. I collect happy memories, as a bad housekeeper collecting things would also mean collecting dust...

  • pulpandpaisley

    pulpandpaisley said 9 years ago

    What a fabulous and interesting collection! Great article!

  • iragranteco

    iragranteco said 9 years ago

    I didn't know you collecting them Greet! I will bring some for you when I travel to Asia again:)

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful collection !!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Beautiful colors

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 9 years ago

    Greet is one of the biggest collectors I know, and all are wonderful!!

  • CardboardCastle

    CardboardCastle said 9 years ago

    Inspiring colorful collection!

  • electricbluebird

    electricbluebird said 9 years ago

    Those pieces are very inspiring.

  • whimsicals

    whimsicals said 9 years ago

    thank you for sharing this delightful story and treasures.

  • litapsilverj

    litapsilverj said 9 years ago

    Great article and collection! I love my old railroad dining car china collection. As it is very pricy, I only have a few whole pieces, but I incorporate pieces from broken railroad china in my silver designs. My avatar features a piece from the Santa Fe Railroad = Poppy Series. However, my most prized collection is my old mined turquoise rock and cabochons from a variety of North American turquoise mines, which I also incorporate in my silver designs.

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 9 years ago

    So adorable. I miss the days when my son would let me put cute stuff on him like those awesome hats! Audrey

  • aprilscott

    aprilscott said 9 years ago

    I collect those brightly colored, flowered cloth suitcases from the 60's & 70's.

  • Mireloom

    Mireloom said 9 years ago

    I love your collection!

  • BabongoHome

    BabongoHome said 9 years ago

    Lovely story about a sweet lady and a beautiful collection, thanks Krystal and Greet :)

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 9 years ago

    Another great RikRak article. The hats are fabulous-tiny treasures

  • panda168

    panda168 said 9 years ago

    beautiful collection. there is pig shoes as well.

  • thegreenappetite

    thegreenappetite said 9 years ago

    so colorful. thats what i like

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