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Silke. Kösener Spielzeug sustainably expanded.
Käthe Kruse founded the first Kösen doll factory in 1912. Yet, when the German Democratic Republic (GDR) came into existence in 1949, it took no time, and the collaboration with the famous doll maker ended. However, in Bad Kösen, they held onto the special doll-making skills that had developed over four decades. Subsequently, the company specialised in the production of soft toys. The ongoing cooperation with one of the most important training centres for product design in Germany since the beginning of the 20th century – located in the neighbouring Burg Giebichenstein – results in an unswerving demand for quality to the present day.
Since the year 2000, the Kösen workshops have complemented their range of stuffed animals with dolls of the traditional label “Silke”. The label’s production, based initially in Munich, also moved to Bad Kösen. Carefully handcrafted, these stuffed toys are in no way inferior to Kösen stuffed animals, whether in terms of sustainability or quality. Silke designs feature a seldom puristic clarity, ensured by intricate cuts. The toys excel in expert realisation and the high-quality of natural raw materials – alls of European origin – and convince with the longevity that is characteristic for toys originating in Bad Kösen.
Dangling to a Jolly Tune.
Scientists agree that the upright gait marks a decisive step in human evolution. But why we swing our arms when we walk has long puzzled researchers. To them, the extra arm swinging seemed like a relic of human prehistory and, above all, a waste of energy. Studies of the movement sequence now support the opposite view: the rhythmic swinging of the arms in the opposite direction to the progress of the legs actually saves (muscle) energy. The effect occurs because the swinging of the arms cushions the up-and-down movement of walking and spares the leg muscles some of the tensile stress. As a bonus, we keep our balance better and reduce the risk of stumbling when swinging the arms. That’s why, in a way, swinging a toy aids a child in walking. The cuddly playmate encourages the children to swing their arms along while helping them to keep their balance. That frees energy for all the important things in life.
This product is an example of genuine handicraft; therefore, minor deviations in size and colour may occur.
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