Hello my fabulous friends and lovers of all things organic… Today’s Designer of the Week is especially for you! Nihama – Nice Hand Made is a label based in Berlin, Germany, and is run by the lovely Jana, Mum of three and master of crochet. In review today, a range of organic nursing necklaces and teething rings in pretty, pretty hues!
The Nihama collection of nursing necklaces and teething rings for little ones blends organic cottons, natural wood and modern styling into neat little packages. I especially like the vibrant colour palettes, and general cuteness of the designs. I also love how the nursing necklaces provide babies with an opportunity to work out their fine motor skills, and keep little minds engaged during feeding.
Taking the teether to a panel of Mums for feedback, it was certainly the colour and crochet that took top honours in the love list. The fact that the nursing necklaces are also pretty enough to wear as a general fashion accessory is definitely a bonus… fashion meets function!
The Verdict… Cute, Modern and Eco-licious!
*Please note, these teethers feature wooden beads affixed onto cord. For this reason, it is essential to ensure that the fastenings do not become loose or worn out. Children should always be supervised when playing with either nursing necklaces or teething toys.
Jana decided to dip her fingers into the art of crochet in Summer 2010 after the birth of her third child. She was keen to crochet some toys for her little guy that were made from natural yarns. She soon became hooked on crochet (pardon the pun) and Nihama was born.
Jana chose her business name, Nihama, as it is her unofficial second name, as given to her 10 years ago by a Kabbalah specialist.
Jana is mum to a 12 year old daughter, and two sons, aged 4 and 1. She credits her children as the major inspiration behind her label. In creating new designs, Jana likes to try out different forms and sizes of toys, and to consult her littlest boy for feedback. Jana says, “I like to check the market and the trends and invent new designs, however, my son is my first “focus-group”.
Here’s three fascinating facts about Jana (in her own words)…
- I like art-photography and it’s my hobby. Most pictures I take are of my kids and also cities that I visit.
- I studied psychology but never worked as a psychologist.
- I like traveling. I chose 3 countries for living. I was born in Latvia, Riga. I lived in Moscow for 3 years. Now I live in Germany, Berlin.
The Nihama collection incorporates a range of teething rings/toys, nursing necklaces, accessories, and art dolls with international shipping available. Stop by and check out the loveliness at the Nihama Etsy store.