Mayumi Watanabe Bears – Mammie Teddy Bear, History, Information

Mayumi Watanabe is a teddy bear artist from Tokyo, Japan and makes bears under the name Mammie bears. She began making teddy bears when she was only 17 years old and still in high school in 1990. Her designs are based on vintage bears but uses some personal touches working a long time on the face. She has won many awards for her bears in both the United States and Japan. Typical Mammie Bears have long limbs, are made with antique mohair fur, ribbon and eyes and stuffed with wood wool or excelsior and usually come undressed with few accessories. Mammie Bears are also produced in very limited numbers.

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