Founded in 1991 by Australian Renske Carbone, Papoose Toys and Creative Wood Company under the umbrella of Colours of Australia produce natural toys and loose parts for open-ended creative play. Working with natural materials, production takes place in small communities in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Pure wool felt toys and loose parts are made by hand at fairly traded rates of pay. The Creative Wood Company products are made primarily using waste from the furniture industry with wood supplied exclusively from wood traders meeting the SVLK Timber Legality Verification.
Desert Forest Play-mat. The mat has a Baobab tree and a hidey hole for a small critter. as well as some anthills. Size is approximately 74 x 46 x27cm in height.
Green Forest Play mat. Not only is the tree hollow, there is also a little hiding space felted into the mat. The tree stands about 19cm high and the mat size is about 68x54cm.
Lost Forest Play-mat. The mysterious cave can house all kinds of creatures, a felt rock inside the cave keeps it open. The tree stump is hollow, more hiding places. The mat is about 47cm diameter and the stump is about 27cm high. This 3D mat has the trees sewn onto the mat and the rocks and toadstools are wet-felted as part of the mat.
Jurassic Mat has a cave and a volcano. The 3D features of this mat make it a delightful small world play experience. The mat is roughly 60x85cm (34"x25") As these are all hand felted small variations in design and size occur and are a feature of our products.
Tropical Forest Play-mat. Who does not long for an island in warm waters... The gorgeous palm trees stand about 27cm high, the mat is about 67x64cm, plenty of space to add sea and beach critters, shells, driftwood etc. This 3D mat has the trees sewn onto the mat and the rocks are wet-felted as part of the mat.
Papoose Felt Care Instructions: Papoose Felt is made from pure 100% wool and therefore cleaned similarly to wool.
For liquid spills: Wool is naturally water repellent and if spills are dealt with immediately the wool wonâ€™t absorb much liquid. How to clean: Dab liquid up with damp cloth, repeat with clean damp cloth, let article dry.
For dust and other dirt: Due to the scales of the wool structure dust is trapped in the outer layers of the wool and can therefore easily be cleaned. How to clean:* If the article is large and flat it can be vacuumed. * If the article is smaller and soiled gently hand wash it in lukewarm water using wool soap. Dry away from direct sunlight. Do not agitate the article too much during washing as it will promote further felting.
DO NOT soak, machine wash or put anything in the drier. This will further felt the article and it will shrink and distort the item.
Some wool facts: Wools is natural and renewable as it grows on sheep. Wool is flame retardant up to 600 degrees C. Wool is biodegradable and can be used as fertilizer due to its high nitrogen content. Wool is non-allergenic and does not promote the growth of bacteria.