Product Review & Giveaway: MotherTongues – Wear Words That Celebrate Culture

I favor and admire the entreprenuer, especially those women and moms who are taking a chance on their great idea for the benefit of others – like this company, MotherTongues.

Founder, Michelle Hamman was born in South Africa and has lived between her mother tongue of Afrikaans and American English.  As someone born and raised in South Africa, she brought to the United States the values of a community that are very different from North America culture.  Her background convinced her that one culture can educate another and so her t-shirt company, MotherTongues was born.

With a MotherTongues t-shirt, apron or tote bag, you can “wear words that celebrate culture”. For instance, the “Slow Food” apron she sent to me highlights words from seven different languages that describe the intent of sitting around a table and sharing a meal. I love it!  The meanings, as well as the image of the words forming a table, really spoke to me as someone who grew up with a grandfather who was from Nice, France and made his living as a chef in New York and D.C. With many hours spent lingering around the table after a family meal, a few favorites include the German word, gemütlich- the art of creating a comfortable place and Greek word, meraki –  the art of cooking from your soul.

All products are made with 100% organic cotton and fair labor and a $1 for every apron, t-shirt or tote bag goes to Women in Transition as well as a few other for cause organizations. Brochures, hang tags and shipping labels are also printed on 100% post consumer (recycled) paper.

And for one lucky reader, MotherTongues is giving away a set of 3 pairs of socks ($30 value) to include  a set of each – Shalom-Salam/”Let peace and justice kiss”; Ubuntu/”I am because we are” and Zen/”Be just. Just be”.  Now that’s got to make you feel good when you wear them!

To be eligible, you must be a Green Samaritan subscriber via email or RSS, Twitter follower and/or Facebook fan.

In order to win, you must do the one of the following.  One entry per action so the more action you take, the greater chance of winning!

  • Leave a comment below with your Twitter name.
  • Like MotherTongues and leave a comment on Facebook
  • Follow MotherTongues on Twitter @mothertongues
  • Tweet this: Giveaway from @MotherTongues via @GreenSamaritan 100% organic/fair trade t-shirts, aprons & more –

Contest ends next Wednesday, August 25 at 11:59 pm.  US Residents only.

In the meantime, check out the words available on her t-shirts.  Which one do you like?  Which one “speaks” to you?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 blueviolet August 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I follow you on twitter @blueviolet

2 blueviolet August 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I follow Mother Tongues on twitter @blueviolet

3 blueviolet August 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I like Mother Tongues on facebook and left a comment.

4 julieb August 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Following on Twitter – would love the socks!

5 WhiskeyJac August 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm

what a nice idea! i like that apron and the sentiments on it, very much.

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