i golfini della nonna ~ Unique handmade toys from Bolivia

Started by Francesca and Mariapia Basilico in 1994, i golfini della nonna began with a collection of handkitted baby clothes, but has since grown to offer a delightful collection of stuffed animals, finger puppets and toys.

Each toy is lovingly made by hand and the i golfini della nonna collection is wide and wonderful.  The stuffed animals, knit from 100% alpaca, include a polar bear, elephant, seal, lama, pig, parrot, raccoon and many others, while the finger puppets, knit from 100% pima cotton, include sets of pets, farm animals, monsters and safari animals. Also available within the finger puppet collection are play sets such as a stuffed space ship with finger puppet astronauts included!

Additionally i golfini della nonna also includes a number of other knitted toys such as a soft bowling set, a wonderful knitted solar mobile, a car set, stacking rings and a tool set.

Made entirely by hand, the i golfini della nonna toys are the handiwork of an indigenous women’s cooperative in Bolivia. These talented women not only have health and dental plans through their association with i golfini della nonna, but are also able to work at home while tending to their families.

These wonderful handmade toys are geared towards and suitable for children of all ages, but are sure to thrill all those, both children and adults, who come across them!

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