Gifts That Give Back
We’ve loved South African-based Taunina (t-oww-nee-na) since we caught our first glimpse of a Taunina signature teddy bear two years ago. Taunina’s bears and bunnies are like no other. These heirloom quality, embroidered works of art transform lives and rekindle the human spirit – they are gifts with soul, gifts for the most precious moments of a lifetime.
Every Taunina creation is brought to life over several days by a woman artist from an underprivileged community in Southern Africa. Each Taunina artist receives a stable salary (vs. piecemeal pay); a share of company profits in the form of healthcare, education, or cash; and the pride of knowing her work is admired all over the world.
Each bear and bunny is adorned with Taunina’s signature embroidery and appliqué, using luxurious fabrics from iconic textile houses. Each one-of-a-kind creation arrives in an elegant hatbox with its very own passport bearing its name, date of birth, and a code for entering the online World of Taunina. This is where Taunina’s artists share their lives with those who have supported them through the ownership of a Taunina bear or bunny – an invaluable educational experience for children and adults alike.
The name Taunina combines the African word ‘tau’, meaning ‘lion’, with NINA, an acronym for ‘No Income, No Assets’. Taunina artists share in the profits generated by the business, giving those who were once without income and assets the opportunity to become lions of their own destiny.
Representing the intersection of art, commerce, and social consciousness, Taunina is changing the world one stitch at a time… and we at Bundle are so proud to be a part of it!