Barefoot Toys wonderful multi coloured creations start life in one of five weaving centers in Sri Lanka, run by the weavers themselves. They use designs by Barbara Sansoni and others in the small design team. The collection of toys, bags, and sarongs for adults, children, and infants are designed exclusively by Barbara Sansoni with the underlying values being to promote an ethical work environment, to train workers to have marketable skills, and to provide proper wages for young women in Sri Lanka. Each product is handmade from start to finish and no two pieces are ever the same.
Barefoot is keeping alive the dying art of hand weaving and also enabling its workers to work with dignity. Barefoot applies the simple concept that work should be a joy for everyone involved. In countries where labor is often viewed as a disposable commodity and people are merely parts of a factory production cycle, Sansoni has made an important difference.