The Barefoot story began in Sri Lanka, in 1962, when talented artist, colourist, designer and entrepreneur, Barbara Sansoni, began working, almost exclusively, with women in rural communities.
For over 40 years the Barefoot family has provided training and fair wages to its workers and an environment conducive to creativity.
Sansoni textiles are inspired by the vivid land and seascapes, foliage and wildlife of Sri Lanka. Colourful yarns, created using Cibacron F/FN Swiss dyes, are hand woven into glorious fabrics and transformed by Barefoot’s designers in innovative and unexpected ways, to create exquisite toys, bags and clothes that make both adults and children smile.
Goods are produced in village workshops, close to the homes of the weavers and sewers and even though Barefoot now exports to over 30 countries, nothing is mass produced.
No child labour is used. There are no factories and no production lines.
Barefoot teaches the skills and strives for quality from its staff; each toy is made from start to finish by one artisan, who is responsible for the quality of the final product.
The range has expanded over the years, but remains timeless and instantly recognisable.
Quite simply, Barefoot designs are iconic; once seen, never forgotten.
All Barefoot products are made from cotton, cotton and silk or wool yarn. The dyes are safe and where stuffing is used, it comprises kapok pulp. All fibres are natural and, therefore, biodegradable. They are also washable.
As required by law, all toys sold by Lazy Lizards carry the European Safety Certificate or CE label.