¨They say that pudus do not know how to ride a bike. But this tiny Pudu went far, very far. This is his story …¨
Recently Emilio was gifted a new book, called ¨El Largo Viaje del Pequeño Pudu¨ and I liked it so much that I contacted its maker to see if they wanted to be featured on my blog.
The Long Journey of the Small Pudu, is made by Pajarito de Mimbre, and is a beautifully designed treat for the eyes, taking the reader down the length of Chile and calling attention to its flora, fauna and amazing wonders that makes this country so special. What really makes it stand out is its attention to Chile´s many cultures, and the little Pudu makes friends with them all, from Mapuche to Aymara, Kawesgar to Selk´Nam. Emilio enjoyed playing Spot the Pudu on each page as we read it (it´s been one day and we´ve read it three times!).
A browse through their Instagram feed reveals exactly the kind of thing I look for when I shop for my family: handmade, made in Chile, and with the theme of promoting creativity and inclusion of all.
Ten Questions with Pajarito de Mimbre
1) Who is Pajarito de Mimbre and when did the business begin?
We started up several years ago with the desire to make children´s books and today we are devoloped by Fita Frattini and other amazing people all working to turn their dreams into a reality. We have also progressed into decoration and children´s toys.
2) What is the concept of the store?
We are a design store that creates illustrated children´s books. We have created a space for decoration, toys and incentives for the imagination, creating objects for children. Each item is hand made with dedication and affection – from the initial drawing right up to the finished product. It´s a careful process which involves each material personally selected – this means that each product is designed, written and illustrated at home! Our motto is ¨sow a spark in the soul of a child and you will see that light shine more than any star¨.
3) What makes your products different?
Their exclusive design, featuring the themes of Chile and what is important to children. From there, we take those featured characters and develop them into other products.
4) What are your favorite Pajarito de Mimbre products?
The Bird Calendar, the canvas Map of Chile, Chile Memory Game, the dolls to go with the ´Largas Viajes del Pequeño Pudo´ book, and the mermaid.
5) You also offer activity classes – what are the options?
We offer basic illustration classes, where we teach you how to illustrate your own book which we then print for you to take home. It´s a really beautiful way to learn and makes a beautiful object to share with others.
6) Where is your favorite place in Santiago to eat out?
At home, where I can cook and eat what I like. If i go out in Santiago, it is to Barrio Italia.
7) What do you like to do on your days off?
I like to do acroyoga, bike and go climbing.
8) Where is your favorite spot in all of Chile?
I like the Parque Nacional Nahbuelbuta and Chiloe, Panguipulli, Puerto Varas … there are just so many!
9) As a store dedicated to children, what do you think is something really important for their childhoods?
I think it´s important to receive love and containment, within the family environment.
10) What is next for Pajarito de Mimbre?
This year we will begin a mini line of clothes and some new books to work the emotions.
Special Offer for My Readers!!!
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