Steiner Waldorf Dolls are the type of doll used in Steiner Waldorf classrooms and home settings using traditional European doll-making techniques. You don’t need to follow Steiner’s educational philosophies or Waldorf education methods to appreciate the beauty of these toys though. They are handmade from all natural fibres that are comforting to hold and touch. This doll's hair is made from strands of pure wool and the ‘skin’ from 100% cotton knit. The product is filled with 100% Himalayan sheep’s wool and can be hand-washed. The clothing is mostly cotton. All garments can be removed and we will have additional outfits available soon.
The facial features of a Waldorf doll are left intentionally simple. Features usually consist of two eyes and a hint of a mouth. Some Waldorf dolls may have no features at all! This allows a child to use his or her imagination to imagine the doll's expression. Sometimes a doll may get sad. It’s hard to imagine that when the doll has a smile painted on her/his face. This also becomes emotionally validating when a child has other emotions other than 'happy' and wanting to find comfort in their doll.
Steiner Waldorf toys and other handmade, natural toys inspire open play – play led by the child rather than play that follows a specific motion to a pre-determined outcome. Steiner Waldorf toys join the stories a child tells in his mind, and they stimulate a child’s imagination rather than bringing a child out of her own world into an assembly-line play experience. Natural, simple toys can be more than one thing.
All of our Steiner Waldorf dolls are exquisitely handcrafted, in line with the Steiner Waldorf tradition and we aspire to bring utmost joy into the heart of your child. Each doll is individually handmade by one woman from beginning to end, starting with cutting, stitching and filling the doll, to finally sewing on the hair and face. Since each doll develops its own distinctive personality, creating them becomes a delightful achievement for the maker, a unique toy for a child and a precious reminder of Tibet’s threatened identity. From our Doll Makers, "Our dolls are not just gifts to those who receive them, but also to us who make them."
You know we love natural materials, not just because cotton, wool, silk, wood and other natural materials are renewable and therefore sustainable, but because natural materials enhance a child’s experience of nature. A child can experience natural toys through all of their senses, or most of them. Natural materials are safe, look beautiful, smell nice and feel warm to the touch.
As children have the need to identify themselves with their most cherished doll, they might prefer one resembling their own features. With this in mind, we are rapidly growing our selection to give you even more choices! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a doll with different coloured hair, skin or ethnicity than we have available. We can generally accommodate your needs, or similar, in our next family of dolls to arrive. If you would like a custom order doll with specific features, colouring and/or ethnicity, we can offer a custom order for an additional fee, (this may take up to 6-10 weeks, keep this in mind).
Please note: While maintaining the description of this doll, due to the handcrafted nature, each doll will vary slightly and fabrics used for the garments are frequently changed. Your doll will have the same distinct style as this doll pictured, ie. same hair-style, hair colour, skin colour and eye colour, but may differ slightly and have its own unique characteristics and outfit. Although your doll won't be the 'exact' doll you see in the photograph, it will be very similar and just as beautiful and well-made. We believe this is what gives our Steiner Waldorf dolls their charm and individual personality!
Approx. 28cm tall (small) or 36cm tall (large)