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More Information About This Item
- Brand: Ciao Bimba
- Collection: Mini Darling 40cm
- Face type: Needle Felted
- Eye type: Brown/Embroidered
- Skin colour: Sunkissed
- Size: 40cm/16"
- Hair: Brown/Mohair Weft Wig
Julia is one of Ciao Bimba's Mini Darling dolls which are made from the finest materials and takes one skilled person a minimum of 12 hours to make.
She's a cloth doll inspired by the Waldorf pedagogy whose teaching is that through sensory play a child becomes more imaginative, and even perceptive. The child develops those senses its experiencing during play, building the neurological pathways associated with each one. Children find sensory play therapeutic and even soothing.
As a Ciao Bimba Mini Darling Julia is no ordinary cloth doll though. She has been made by fine materials, for example, her skin is a golden sunkissed colour made from the finest jersey fabric that has to be imported from Switzerland, for the talented craftsmakers in Bulgaria to give your Waldorf Julia doll her radiant complexion. Her hair is a mohair weft wig crocheted and then stitched into place on her head, and her filling is Bulgarian wool sourced from farmers known to Ciao Bimba.
Julia knitted her own dress with the skill she learned from her grandma. She's very proud of it! She wears it over the top of a Liberty fabric dress that we think would make a pretty nightshirt if worn alone.
Julia has been made from natural materials that are safe for children.
While Julia is firm but cuddly, she cannot stand alone, so if you can bear to stop cuddling her and want to look pretty on display, best to prepare with a doll chair, bed or doll stand. Julia's head is sculpted using needle felting techniques which is how doll artists manage to create such a darling face. Waldorf dolls have mostly neutral faces so that a child can project its emotions on to the doll, so the doll might be happy or sad; laughing or crying. It's so important for a child to develop its imagination as it plays.
The dolls are made by a trained team of doll makers at the Ciao Bimba workshop in Bulgaria's capital. The design is very special as it has been created by Waldorf doll artist, Maria Asenova.
The Mini Darling doll Julia comes with her own sweet gnome friend, also made in the Waldorf style. She carries her gnome in her messenger bag.
Why does it matter what exact materials are used? It matters to parents and grandparents to know that the doll that their child will cuddle up with at night is made from the finest natural materials. For those parents whose children have allergies, natural toys are especially important.
For more about Ciao Bimba Waldorf style dolls take a look at the articles on our blog here.
Ciao Bimba dolls are suitable for age 3+
Certified Age Ages 3+ Brand Ciao Bimba Doll Artist No Best For Age 3-4 years, 5-7 years Ethnicity White Doll Height 39-44cm Doll Size CIao Bimba 40-46cm Dolls Gotz Size No Generic Size N/A
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The shipping services we commonly use for sending parcels overseas are Royal Mail, DPD and DHL. We also have a slower bulky service for large international orders.
PLEASE NOTE, THAT THE BELOW TIMETABLE IS ACCURATE FOR MOST OF THE YEAR, AND FOR THE PRE-CHRISTMAS PERIOD AND AT TIMES OF BAD WEATHER, IT IS NECESSARY TO ALLOW EXTRA TIME.
WE RECOMMEND AT LEAST ANOTHER 5-7 BUSINESS DAYS.
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