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Everyone loves a koala and this koala bear soft toy is no different. With strong and bright colours every child would be delighted to own this koala. These koalas are made by BAREFOOT under the Fair Trade Scheme and each koala is painstakingly handmade. Under the Fair Trade Scheme, the workers have the opportunity to make an honest living and support their families. So when you buy this little koala soft toy, you are not only making a child happy, but it's going a long way to support the people in a poorer community helping them make ends meet. It's also a good way to teach a child how they can help someone in the world who is less fortunate.
This koala makes a great gift for cheering up a sick child. It is also a wonderful development toy which helps a baby to identify colours and develop the sense of touch and feel. The koalas are bright and cheerful and will equally cheer up not just the young but even the old.
As every piece is unique, the colour of each koala varies from piece to piece. Please choose between girl, boy or unisex in the selection box below and your koala will be choosen accordingly.
View other BAREFOOT Toys made under the Fair Trade Scheme:
Thorny Devil Toy
Frilled Neck Lizard
Witchetty Grub Toy
THE BAREFOOT STORY:
In 1958, Barbara Sansoni, a colourist and artist, created the BAREFOOT concept out of a need for a rehabilitation program for young Sri Lankan women, who had little schooling and no skills. Today, BAREFOOT is a premier textile design company exporting worldwide.
All BAREFOOT products are fully handmade from start to finish. The yarn is hand dyed, using premium Swiss colourfast and non-toxic dyes, then hand woven and fashioned into various products. The high quality workmanship is assured, as there is no time asserted on the weavers and needlewomen. They are not cheap substitutes for machinery, which is why BAREFOOT products are relatively expensive but they will last a lifetime and you'll be helping a poorer community. BAREFOOT products are by no means mass-produced and no two pieces are the same.
BAREFOOT is not a charity organisation. The workers receive an honest wage and are able to support themselves and their children with dignity and self-respect. Today, the cloth from BAREFOOT is in demand for its utility and appearance. Creative designers are encouraged to be innovative and stretch their creative intelligence.