Lavina, Kathe Kruse doll
Lavina: made in Donauworth, Germany by Kathe Kruse, retails $122.95-
$169.95 US, for ages 3+.
follows the heart " is the motto of the Kathe Kruse doll studio.
It is the oldest family-owned and operated toy company in Germany,
and they have been making dolls in the traditional way for over
the focal point of each Kathe Kruse creation. It is Kathe Kruse's
belief that, "The doll is something to be loved."
1905, Kathe Kruse sat down to make her little girl Mimerle the
baby doll she so longed for. She took a soft, cotton towel tied
arms and legs, filled it with sand for realistic weight, and attached
a potato for a head. Viola! The first Kathe Kruse Puppe (doll)
primitive doll fulfilled an important need; it was soft, warm,
and a little bit heavy, just like a real baby. Naturally, the
first doll did not last long and so many other versions of the
famous potato doll followed. To this day, each doll made by Kathe
Kruse is handmade.
is an adorable, handmade, soft doll. Lolle and each item of her
clothing are made by hand. It takes from 16 to 36 hours to make
each completed doll. During that time, it will pass through the
hands of 8 to 10 craftspeople and artists. Lolle Lavinia is 21
inches tall and has a soft, huggable body that is stuffed with
Her soft little
hands have stitched fingers and a thumb. Her long, auburn hair
is made from kanekalon, the same material used for human wigs.
It is soft, shiny, and easy to brush. Lolle's face is hand painted;
she has a mischievous smile and twinkle in her eye that will steal
your heart instantly. Her head is made from nonyphenol-free and
phthalate-free vinyl. This makes Lolle a safer doll for your little
one to love, play and cuddle with. She is wearing a flowered dress
with candy striped Capri pants, little rubber rain boots and a
soft, lime green jacket. Additional outfits and accessories are
available as well.
is soft, she is easier than hard-bodied dolls to dress, especially
for smaller hands. You just stuff her feet into the adorable little
boots with no struggle. She is hand washable, so don't worry if
she gets dragged on every play date, or to the park.
realistic dolls are generally the best for dramatic play and all
around child development. Dressing and feeding dolls enhances
fine-motor skills. When children assume roles and interact with
other children, they further develop language and social skills,
including cooperation, problem solving, and sharing. They begin
to see the different roles people play and learn their own place
in the world.
Lolle is ready
to play, snuggle, hug, and be a pal. Her box says… "I love my
rubber boots. No puddle is ever too big, no sea monster too dangerous.
You are my good fairy. When I grow up I want to be just like you!"
Kathe Kruse dolls around the Web:
Kruse Official Site
Kruse World Doll Museum, Austria
Love - Kathe Kruse
the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood
educator who believes in learning through play and the value of