Welcome to Barefoot toys! The Barefoot artisans have hand crafted these toys for over four decades delighting the hands, hearts and minds of children and adults alike. Each stuffed toy is hand made, eco-friendly and one-of-a-kind. The hand crafted process begins with natural cotton, hank dyed with eco-friendly Swiss dyes and dried outdoors. All premium dyes are non-toxic, colorfast and child safe to suck and chew on. Because the dyes are colorfast they do not bleed or run. The artisans hand weave the cotton threads on large wooden looms into bright, beautiful, vibrant fabrics. Barefoot makes a wide diversity of fabrics but the toys are constructed from an upholstery weight fabric (a heavy and durable cotton) and a lighter weight mercerized cotton. Facial and body details are securely hand stitched or hand embroidered in lieu of plastic eyes or buttons. Each toy is stuffed with kapok, a natural and biodegradable product of the kapok tree. Learn more at Eco & Ethical.
All the toys are individually made with great care and it reflects in the impeccable quality of craftsmanship. Each toy carries its own individual expression imbued with vitality and personality. It is an uncommon experience to encounter the vibrancy and character that lies at the heart of these outstanding toys. They are unique, and designed to be kid safe, child friendly and interactive. Animal clothes are separate and removable garments for playtime fun and dexterity development. We often wonder in amazement, "How did Barefoot think of everything?" Their designs did not miss a beat with the intricate details!
These are heirloom toys built sturdy, strong and durable to stand the test of time. If well cared for they can be passed onto the next generation. Occasionally adults visit us at our outdoor markets and tell us how they loved these toys as a child and still covet them decades later! We think of them as forever toys, uncommon in our throw away society. All toys have received the European Safety Standard CE Certificate. These are truly testaments to the extraordinary Barefoot designs, fair trade principles, and high quality craftsmanship.
Because the toys are one-of-a-kind, no two are alike and colors vary. Unless a toy description states specific colors, please expect to receive different colors than the ones pictured on our site. Chances are we no longer have the colors pictured but you can always try us. Feel free to ask for a color preference and we will do our utmost to fill your request. Dimensions listed are approximate and serve as general guidelines. These toys are never mass produced, and due to their hand crafted nature, colors, dimensions, shapes and facial expressions vary. Please allow for these variations. To dig deeper into Barefoot ethical practices and eco materials, be sure to read Eco & Ethical.
Enjoy the amazing Barefoot toys. We hope they capture your heart as they have ours. Please let us know if you have any questions or requests. We invite and welcome your feedback, and look forward to hearing from you!