These dolls are handmade from sheep's wool (The gnome dolls are from local Jacobs, we clean and prepare it at home) and cotton knit fabric (interlock/ Tricot, sourced fron The Netherlands) with an inner head which gives form but not detail to the embroidered face. Their clothes are currently handmade from upcycled fabrics from my clothes making horde. Where possible I use recycled packaging.
This type of cloth doll originates from a strong European tradition of doll making.
Germany was the leading doll manufacturer in Europe in the 19th and early 20th century, dominating the doll market in Europe and further afield with 'Kinder Dolls'.
In Europe and later America this type became known as a 'Waldorf Doll', and had a strong connection with Steiner education.
Communities and Schools based on Rudolf Steiner's methods, were established across the globe and the tradition of making this particular type of doll continued alongside the education.
Today, simple toys made from natural materials are growing to be recognised as being of great importance for the wholesome development of young children.
Dollmaker, Karin Neushutz states: "The Doll is special among toys, because it is an image of the human being. With the doll's help we can seek our own identity. We can reveal our own innermost thoughts, sorrows, and joys to our doll friend."