M. Llorens Juan have been making dolls in Spain since 1995. Although a relatively new company, the doll making skills involved have been handed down through the generations. The company is based in Alicante which is an area of Spain well known for doll making and we were very pleased to find them at a recent trade fair.
Llorens dolls are made with soft, phthalate free vinyl. The baby dolls we have chosen for Bambolina are 33cm, 38cm and 42cm. All the babies cry and have dummies to passify them, but the dummies and the batteries can be removed if not wanted. Their clothes are made from good quality, subtle fabrics and are nicely finished.
Llorens have recently won an award for their newly launched range of accessible dolls called "Dolls for All" and Bambolina now has two of these popular dolls in stock. The dolls are designed to be easier to handle than traditional dolls and are particularly suited to children with disabilities. The dolls hands are in fists so that clothes can be put on easily without thumbs and fingers catching. The clothes are made to be quite loose fitting with wide arms and open up completely. The velcro used is large and very soft, again to make opening and fastening easy. Every piece of clothing on a doll is embroidered with raised matching shapes to enable children with visual impairment to identify which clothes are part of the outfit. These dolls are 42cm in size.
All in all, we are so pleased to have Llorens dolls in the Bambolina range. Not only are they completely gorgeous but they are made in Spain (not China!) and are more affordable than other brands.
We have let Llorens know that a range of dolls clothes would be really appreciated, but when the dolls arrive we will try on other makes of clothes and see what works. We also requested some more dolls with brunette hair as we thought it odd that a Spanish company sold mostly dolls with blonde hair. So watch this space for news!