Cocoa Cherry

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4 Andrew Avenue Knysna, Garden Route 6571

Cocoa Cherry hand makes unique high quality African heritage dolls and animal toys. The toys are made using locally produced 100% cotton Shwe Shwe fabrics.


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At Cocoa Cherry, toy making is our passion and we take both pride and joy in creating each and every doll and animal. Our toys are of the highest quality and are durable, and filled to the brim with imagination!

In 2010, my daughter asked me for a doll that “looked like her”. I couldn’t find a dark-skinned ragdoll for my adopted daughter, a beautiful African girl, so I decided to make her a “Cocoa” doll. She loved it! And hence “Cocoa Cherry” was born. The Cocoa Cherry range has expanded over the years to include “Cocoa” and “Nilla” dolls, as well as the smaller “Nandi” and “Rosalie” dolls. African animals are also part of the range - I revel in my African heritage!

Cocoa Cherry has expanded its range to include African dolls (which represent all children of Africa), African animal toys, and baby rattles too. Each creation embodies the bright, bold and colourful spirit that is Africa. Our chameleon, sea horse and elephant toys are especially special. These creatures, endemic to Knysna, inspired this “Knysna range”.

To make the Cocoa Cherry dream a reality, we work side by side with lovely local seamstresses from the Knysna community who are passionate about toy making. They are delightful and joyous ladies and these qualities seep into the toys! The work provides the ladies with an income and they have expanded their skill set somewhat. The dolls and toys are made using 100% cotton Shwe Shwe fabrics which are made in South Africa. The fabrics have bright colours and beautiful, bold, eye catching designs.

Cocoa Cherry products are made to the highest quality and are durable for little hands to play with. They’re soft and cuddly and are bursting with endless imagination and adventures to be had by all who play with them!


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