Beautiful Mini Belle is a waldorf doll made in Bulgaria by Ciao Bimba, a new company formed by a talented doll maker and her biggest fan.
Belle is one of their Mini dolls so is 40cm (16 inches) in size with copious amounts of blonde hair made from crocheted mohair boucle wool attached to a secured wig. The hair can't be brushed but can be played with using fingers (heavenly). It can also be tied up into bunches or plaits so is lots of fun for little people. There is a plait tied on each side of her face tied with a lilac satin ribbon.
Her head, body and limbs are made from cotton interlock filled precisely with cleaned and carded sheep's wool from local farms, which takes such skill to produce the right shapes without unwanted lumps and bumps. Her limbs are sewn on so that they are floppy and the doll can be seated easily. Belle feels both firm and substantial as well as soft and cuddly to carry around. She even has a cute little bottom and belly button! Belle has a simple face allowing a child's imagination to roam free, with blue embroidered eyes, full pink cheeks, button nose and a pale pink embroidered mouth.
Mini Belle is wearing a rich blue and purple floral dress made using Betsy Liberty Tana Lawn. The dress has short puffed sleeves, frills and buttons on the front of the bodice, a tier in the gathered skirt and dark navy pom pom trim around the hem. The dress fastens using buttons and button holes at the back and also has a sash at the back to tie in a bow which fits the dress to the doll nicely. Under the dress Belle is wearing a pair of light fawn bloomers with white printed polka dots and on her feet she wears mary jane style shoes made from lilac cord, dark navy velvet and purple ric rac braid with poppers.
Mini Belle also carries a lilac messenger bag which matches her shoes and in there she can carry her toy, a little bear made from pink and purple velour with a sweet waldorf shaped face with embroidered eyes and painted cheeks and mouth. So much care even went into her little friend!
Belle arrives in a beautiful card presentation box of which the decorative insert can be used as a bed. No plastic in sight!
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This doll can hand washed in luke warm water using woolite. It is best to tie up any hair to prevent tangling. Air dry the doll in a warm place with the hair in the desired style. The dolls clothes can also be handwashed. They should be dried flat and not tumble dried, smoothing out creases whilst damp. A cool iron can be used if required.