Let’s address the elephant in the room – our stuffed elephant, that is. These adorable characters come in Mama and Baby sizes (and we also offer goats, complete with chin hairs!) in perfectly squishy proportions and colored with natural dyes, all of which make them our go-to gift for any baby shower or single-digit birthday.
But this story doesn’t stop at a cute exterior. Like all of our products, these plush toys have a history. It begins in Laos, where a collective of artisans was founded on the principles of fair trade, economic advancement, and traditional weaving. The collective gives village weavers (predominantly women) the ability to earn a sustainable livelihood for their families and communities, supporting their independence, growth, and well-being.
Using high quality and locally sourced materials, the collective works with various groups in Laos to produce pieces utilizing the techniques of traditional weaving that have been passed down through generations. Our elephants and goats are made by the Tai Lue people, who are known for their elephants and their cotton. Elephants are a core part of their culture, and are celebrated every February with a festival in their honor. The goats in our collection are also made by the same group, and represent the blessing and fortune of the Year of the Goat in the Chinese zodiac.
Take a peek at the artisans behind our cuddly elephants and goats.
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