The Käthe Kruse Doll Company motto is perfect….“Die Tradition im Herzen, der Zukunft entgegen” – “With the tradition in our hearts, we move to the future”.
When my daughter was born, my aunt sent her a soft little doll that we named Maya. This sweet faced dolly is colorful, and perfect for cuddling. The Käthe Kruse company wasn’t familiar to me at the time, but now (two more kids and two more dolls later) I know what wonderful toys they make.
It started in 1905 when Kaethe Kruse made a doll for her daughter Maria. At the time, all of the dolls available in stores were made from porcelain, and she wanted something soft and cuddly. For the head she used a soft towel, and filled it with sand. Her daughter loved it, and word got out about the mother in Berlin who made dolls. In 1911, the American toy store FAO Schwarz began selling her dolls, and the company grew!
For years, all of her dolls were handmade in her living room… finally in 1923, it got to be too much, and the company moved to a factory in Bad Kösen, so she could make more dolls, clothes and accessories. The company moved to the West in the 1950’s, and in the 1960’s the company added baby toys to their line. Kaethe Kruse is family owned, and today is being run by another generation, using the same standards of excellence as they have for 100 years.
All of the dolls and toys are produced in their own facilities in Germany and Latvia, and are all handmade. Each doll has its own special characteristics, and is made to last through childhood. The materials are tested by independent labs to insure safety. Different toys and dolls are made special for each age group. Baby toys are soft, cuddly, and stimulate the senses. The handmade dolls are made to be loved, and made to last.
Guiding Principles Of the Company
“Käthe Kruse holds these principles:
- Authenticity, trust, quality and safety – Käthe Kruse adheres to the founders ideals for products with lasting value
- Age appropriate development – our dolls and toys encourage creativity, foster learning at one’s own pace, and promote cooperative play
- Unique design – Käthe Kruse toy designers innovate and create toy worlds and themes
- Handcraft – All Käthe Kruse products are made with handcrafted details
Social standards and environmental consciousness – Each employee, supplier, and customer is treated with respect, dignity and fairness and we strive to operate in a sustainable eco-efficient way.”
– taken from the website… http://www.kathekruse-usa.com/
For a toy that your child will love and cherish for their whole life, you can’t go wrong with a Käthe Kruse!
Buy Kathe Kruse Dolls
Waldorf dolls have cloth faces, the others are a soft plastic.
Kathe Kruse – Puppa Plush Doll, MilenaKathe Kruse – Mini It’s Me Waldorf Doll, Ballerina KimKathe Kruse – Marie Kruse Doll, BerlinKathe Kruse – Waldorf Doll, HeidiKathe Kruse – Mini It’s Me Waldorf Doll, ElfKathe Kruse – Nickibaby Angel Doll, Light BlueKathe Kruse – Waldorf Schatzi Plush Doll, RedKathe Kruse – Waldorf Schatzi Plush Toy, PinkWaldorf Doll Emelie, Kthe Kruse by Kthe KruseKathe Kruse – Waldorf Doll, ToliparKathe Kruse Heirloom-Quality German Waldorf Doll, in AnicaKathe Kruse – Mini It’s Me Waldorf Doll, Bert The Knight
Special Kathe Kruse Baby Toys
Kathe Kruse – Nickibaby Doll, Light BlueKathe Kruse – Rainbow Baby Grabbing Ring Doll, BlueKathe Kruse – Alba the Owl Musical ToyKathe Kruse – Donkey Tomato Towel DollKathe Kruse – Shaking Owl Rattle, Red/WhiteKathe Kruse – Monkey Carlo Musical Pull ToyKathe Kruse – Fairy Towel Doll, PinkKathe Kruse – Dragon Kuno Musical ToyKathe Kruse – Cara Mello Knitted Animal Plush Toy
Vintage Kathe Kruse Dolls
Kathe Kruse Finger Puppets
Kathe Kruse Finger Puppet Nativity TheaterKathe Kruse Finger Puppet Bunny in Cabbage by KÃƒÂ¤the KrusePuppet Theater with PiratesKathe Kruse Finger Puppet Hedgehog in Leaf PileKathe Kruse – In The Garden – Cat Finger Puppet Activity Book
Käthe Kruse Doll Company…for Dolls and Toys that Last a Lifetime!