Tiny but extremely opinionated front-end framework by Artem Sapegin.

Based On

Why Another Framework

Bootstrap, Inuit.css and HTML5 Boilerplate are awesome. I found a lot of inspiration there. But they just don’t suit my needs and way of working. They also don’t like Stylus as much as I do.

Tâmia is a new cool name for what I use every day in my own and freelance projects. It’s evolved from a folder on my HDD with a few CSS and JS files that I copypasted to every new project in 2000s.

Browser Support

I love new technologies so I spend as little time as possible on old browsers. The minimum supported browser is IE11.


I use Webpack to bundle JavaScript and Stylus.

For CSS I use kinda BEM light methodology—OPOR (One Page of Rules).

And then I use shipit to deploy a site to a server from GitHub or BitBucket or using rsync.

Definitions: blocks, components, modules

Block is an independent entity with some appearance (Stylus). You could read more about blocks on bem.info.

Component is a JavaScript “class” inherited from tamia.Component base “class”. You could mix blocks and components in any same combination.

Module is combination of block (appearance) and component (behaviour) that can be used on many sites. Some modules have only blocks, some modules have default skin that you can disable if you want.

Stylus Bootstap

It’s a base CSS rules (like Normalize.css but quite different) and a lot of useful Stylus mixins:

Component Base Class

Simple example:

import { Component, registerComponent, onEvent, toggleState } from 'tamia';
class Pony extends Component {
  static binded = 'toggle';

  init() {
    onEvent(this.elem, 'click', '.js-toggle', this.toggle);

  toggle() {
    toggleState(this.elem, 'pink');

registerComponent('u-pony', Pony);
<u-pony class="pink-pony is-pink">
  <button class="pink-pony__button js-toggle">To pink or not to pink?</button>

See documentation for details.

JavaScript Helpers

Useful events and other stuff.

See documentation for details.

Modules library

Form controls, basic text styles, etc.

All modules are disabled by default. See Using Modules below for details.


There are a few other things made specifically for Tâmia:


Can be found in here.

Getting Started

It’s recommended to use Tâmia with a Webpack builder, tamia-build.

npm install --save tamia
npm install --save-dev tamia-build
./node_modules/.bin/tamia init

The init script will create:

  1. Main JavaScript entry point at js/main.js.
  2. Main Stylus file at styles/index.styl.
  3. Stylus config at styles/config.styl.

It also creates two npm scripts:


Stylus bootstrap has a lot of parameters you can change via styles/config.styl file:

link_style = "gradient"
link_color = #c0ffee

Using Modules

To add module to the project add this to your main JavaScript module:

import 'tamia/lib/modules/modulename';

Default skin is enabled by default. To disable it, add the following to the project‘s Stylus config:

modules_default_skin = false;

Debug Mode

Both Stylus and JavaScript in Tâmia have debug mode which allows you to exclude from minified production code stuff you need only for development purposes.


div {
	outline: 1px solid #c0ffee if DEBUG;


if (DEBUG) {
	console.log('Debug info');

The Name

Tâmia is a chipmunk in Portuguese. It refers to Squirrelstrap, my love of small cheeky creatures and “Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers” (which is exactly framework’s aim).


The MIT License, see the included License.md file.