From our hands to your hands

”polepole” means ”slowly” in Swahili language.
Each piece is hand carved and hand painted by T-Lab team of artisans.
From our hands to your hands.
We want to warm people’s hearts.
That is T-Lab’s philosophy.

How to make polepole

T-Lab’s products are all hand-made by our workshop’s artisans in Bali.
At first, they cut a rough form of the animals on solid wooden boards. Then these are dried in an oven for a long time. After that, these are finished by hand: polished with sandpaper and all hand-painted.
It is a very difficult work that only an artisan with excellent technique can finish.
That is the reason why all of our animals have unique facial expressions.
Please enjoy the heart-warming animals, after all, the one that you hold in your hand is the only one in the world quite like it.

About material of polepole

We use non-composite natural wood to make all of our products.
The tree that we used call ‘Albizia’. This tree is one of the quickest growing tropical trees.
It is thought that these trees are more sustainable than others.
Because of their rapid growth, they also help to combat deforestation.
Our company has started to plant these trees as a way to repay the earth – in a small way – for its bounty.

How to care

  • Since it is made from all solid natural wood, it has the “grain” and “streaks (not cracks)” that are peculiar to natural wood. Please understand it as a natural wood expression so as not to waste natural resources.
  • The solid tree is breathing. If placed in a dry place, the surface may crack. Cracks often subside over time, so please give it sometime to settle down.
  • Since it uses natural wood that has not been treated with preservatives, it may develop mold if left in a damp place.
  • If you leave it in a sunny or heat place for a long time, the color will change.
  • All products are figurines of indoor home decor handcrafted goods that used water-based paint for the painting. It is not a children’s toys that can be put in the mouth. Although It is harmless to accidentally lick the paint, the color may come off if you wipe or lick it with water.
  • If it gets dirty, wipe it gently with a dry cloth.

Dear shop owner

We are also doing wholesale in Malaysia.
Shop owners who are interested in polepole, Please contact hello@prismmy.com

※ We are the only authorized retailer in Malaysia.

Adorable polepole animals, dinosaurs, and oyako are also available for purchase on Etsy!​
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You can actually see and buy polepole animals at Mano Plus.
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