Friday, March 12, 2010
Anne-Claire Petit Creates Unique Hand-Made Toys That Will Be Treasured For Years
Netherlands based designer Anne-Claire Petit has created toys and baby items that are hand-made in bright, cheerful colors.
The toys are made from natural materials, dyed in eco-friendly ways. The majority of the crochet work is done by women in several Asian countries, where traditional handiwork techniques have been passed down for generations. Creating these colorful toys gives the women year-round work, and benefits entire villages.
The line of toys includes the ever popular dachshund and monkey stuffed animals, as well as elephants, small birds, rabbits and penguins, all with bold stripes or other bright color combinations.
The baby line includes items made in the same bright colors, stripes and dots, as the toy line. The baby line branches out a little further, and as well as stuffed toys it has dumbbell shaped rattles, a beautiful crocheted mobile with little birds, and a mushroom and heart that play music when a pull-cord is tugged.
With so many toys on the market today with plastic parts and needing batteries, it is refreshing to see such a beautifully simple line of toys. - Belinda, Staff Writer