T-Lab Japan and their beautiful wooden animals have been a part of Japanese culture for over 10 years. Their collection of Polepole wooden animals are designed and created in Japan, and hand-crafted in Indonesia.
Each Polepole animal is skillfully carved by hand out of an incredibly soft, light sustainable wood called albizia, grown on T-Lab's own farms in Indonesia. The wood is then carefully sanded to create a super smooth surface and finally hand painted and finished in Japan with the sweetest expressions and patterns.
Polepole is pronounced 'poh-leh poh-leh' and translates as 'slowly slowly' in Swahili, referring to the careful hand-carved process used to craft each animal. Each animal is unique and has its own charm and character.