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When our family discovered the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, it was love at first sight! Having been involved in a folk dance group as a pre-schooler, Les Mariniers de Granby, Nikola was always interested in other countries, including their culture, languages, costumes, music and dance. Her musical interests grew, inspiring her to learn piano, clarinet and violin, and many hours were spent listening to classical music. When she met the Tammies, however, a whole new world was opened up to her, and the interest became a passion! She and her family began studying the countries whose music and culture the Tamburitzans expressed, and the family was soon learning and teaching the folk dances to younger siblings and friends. And the costumes....! A Polish costume for one sister, and a Serbian one, a Transylvanian one for another, a Ukrainian outfit... It was addictive. Out of this sprouted another interest...little girls' dresses inspired by international folk costumes! And the artistic flair does not end there! Homemade dolls (sometimes in ethnic costume); beaded chokers and bracelets; loomed beaded bracelets based on folk trim; rubber stamps created from original artwork;and knitted cotton dishcloths comprise some of the inventory of NONPAREILS DESIGNS. Last, but not least, we offer lovely photo cards with quality images on original sponge-painted cards. From flowers to frogs to insects to scenery...there is something for everyone!