Teddy bears have a special place in my heart. Perhaps because I grew up on a diet of Winnie the Pooh, Rupert the Bear and Paddington.
My cousin Timothy had a bear I coveted as only a child can covet, it was an all encompassing desire to own a threadbare, jointed antique teddy bear. I thought he was the epitome if everything a bear should be – loved by generations of children. I cried desperate tears each time he was wrenched from grasp.
There is something comforting and protective about a teddy bear, an innocence of childhood and bright boot button eyes wise beyond comprehension.
When I stumbled onto these exquisite hand-embroidered teddy bears I was utterly hooked. Taunina bears are, quite simply, the most beautiful bears in the entire world.
Made in Cape Town, these bears are individually created with immense love by a group of phenomenal women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
These bears have become collector’s items all over the world, but not the type of collector’s item that remains in a box on the shelf.
No, each bear is made to be loved and held, and adored by a child until that child passes it on to her child.
It’s not a gift. It’s a legacy. It’s an investment in hope.
Wherever you are in the world, a Taunina bear can find his way to you.
You can find them at: http://taunina.com/
And on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Taunina