#Kumanokoido teddy bears are handcrafted using unique & individually selected fabrics that represent different world communities & cultures. “Kumanoko” means “cubs” and “ido” means “water well” in Japanese, the designer Junichi Nakane's native tongue.
Inspired by a trip to Mali & Burkina Faso in West Africa in 2011, Junichi started this teddy bear project to raise funds for a fresh water well that would benefit local communities in Mali. His goal was realized in 2016 when the proceeds funded the construction of a water well in Iréli Bolo, a Dogon village in the Mopti region of Mali.
Since then, a portion of #Kumanokoido teddy bear profits have continued to fund cultural experiences and creative projects that benefit the communities Junichi visits. It's his way of giving something back to communities that have welcomed him.
Each teddy bear is one of a kind. Handcrafted in Brooklyn. African Wax Print Fabric.