Kumanokoido — a portmanteau of the Japanese words for ‘bear cub’ and ‘water well’ — started out in 2012 in the spirit of cross-cultural friendship. Following a trip through Dogon country in Mali, West Africa, Tokyo native and Brooklyn based designer Junichi Nakane was inspired to create a line of teddy bears as a fundraising tool to build clean water wells and bridge the gaps in service provision for the local community. Each unique Kumanokoido product is handcrafted using fabrics from around the world and designed to connect people throughout the globe in the most endearing fashion.
- Marginalized Communities
- Recycled Materials