The Story of Waldorf Dolls
Posted on July 30 2019
Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf education is based on the insights, teachings and principles of education outlined by the world-renowned artist, and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf Education evolve from an understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child.
“The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility these are the three forces which are the very nerve of education”
- Rudolf Steiner
Waldorf babies are part of the Waldorf education system. In this system, simple, simple and imaginative toys that help to enrich the child's imagination are preferred. Instead of ready, finished, plastic toys, simple toys made with natural materials and manual labour are preferred.
Waldorf dolls are made entirely of natural materials. Almost no materials other than cotton and wool are used. Babies 'arms and legs can be flexed as desired, with babies' faces mostly and preferably expressionless, so that little individual can give babies the feeling they want in their play. Whether they want them to be happy, unhappy, thoughtful or cheerful for that moment, they should know.
A soft doll is real in the eyes of your child. It has a name, a personality and a reaction. She cries, rejoices and plays. She is happy to be dressed in brand new clothes, to be fed when she is hungry and to be put to sleep when she is tired.
Babies' dresses are usually preferred in the colour shades of nature so that the child is not overstimulated. Babies do not have many details, everything is simple and simple. The rest is left to the child's imagination.
"Waldorf education is not a pedagogical system but an art - the art of awakening what is actually there within the human being."
- Rudolf Steiner
Let's get to know the favourite doll designer of Mic Dolls. Gözde has recently graduated from Marmara University Textile Engineering and designs and sews her own clothes at home with her mother. Gözde's sister is a kindergarten teacher, she meets Waldorf's philosophy of education during her university education. She establishes a kindergarten in accordance with the Waldorf education system in Istanbul by taking various training on this subject. While the kindergarten is designed with the help of Gözde, she helped her sister and brother in her spare time and she saw that the toys suitable for Waldorf pedagogy are always taken from abroad and she started to think about creating Waldorf babies. She realised that there aren't any Waldorf babies in Turkey. After obtaining the necessary natural materials at the end of her research, she begins to make the Waldorf babies with her imagination.
She is creating the full process, sews the clothes of the babies, knits the cardigans and hats in her own hands.
She says that she sees children add their own feelings to the babies when playing with Waldorf babies rather than focusing just pure beauty and unreal perceptions.