Maru and Friends is a new range of dolls created by Maritza Gutierrez, a marketing specialist with 26 years experience. Maritza wanted to create a range of dolls to enable a girl to own a doll that reflected her own culture and attributes. Her aim for the range was for little girls to "play with a doll that looks like you, unique and beautiful."
To help Maritza develop the dolls, she contacted Diana Effner, the world famous doll artist, and asked her to help with this task. Diana has to be my favourite doll artist as she captures the delicate beauty and emotion within a child's face, and she has created a beautiful range of dolls to love and cherish for Maru and Friends.
Until now these lovely girls have only been available for purchase in the US but they are now being safety tested for the European Market - hence Petalina has been invited to be a supplier! And of course we jumped at the chance!
So far Maru, Jamie and Savannah are available at Petalina. All the dolls are 52cm tall with beautifully sculpted all vinyl bodies and they have fully articulated joints in the neck, shoulders and knees. Their eyes are fixed and very realistic with long eyelashes. Their hair is a high quality wig.