Founder and designer Jane Van Cleef always loved making things. In 2010, inspired by the toys and crafts she loved as a child, and by her favorite childhood stories like Brambly Hedge and Uncle Wiggly, she made the first Hazel Village doll - a tiny Annicke Mouse. After she made a few more woodland friends the Hazel Village world began to crystallize. In the five years since Hazel Village started, they’ve expanded to produce the animals responsibly in India, striving for heirloom quality at a reasonable price. At Hazel Village they  love making quality toys that can stay with children as they grow up - first as soft, snuggly friends, then as companions for storytelling and dress-up play, and eventually as treasured keepsakes. Hazel Village is named after the American Hazelnut tree: a source of delicious nuts, magical divining rods, useful twigs for basketry, and food for caterpillars.