Ciao Bimba is the story of a great friendship between a talented doll maker and her greatest fan.
Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful fairy named Maria Asenova who loved to venture into the world of imagination and just refused to grow up. She loved to help people so she pursued a degree in psychology, but fate had other plans for her. Her ever-consuming passion for art and natural dolls didn’t left her in peace until she decided to devote all her energy to it. She changed course, and that was truly a miracle! Each doll she created sprang to live and went out in to world in search of its own adventure. Her dolls made many people happy. After some time, Maria had a charming baby girl who inspired her to create more and more beauty. With each year mother and child grew together in the world of fantasy and play, and Maria became a better and better doll-making Fairy. Each one-of-a-kind doll she breadth life into stole someone’s heart.
One day Maria received a letter from a fan named Denitza Velasquez, who wanted to order many dolls for her baby girl. Maria explained that there was a long waiting list for her dolls, and Denitza was heartbroken. Every day she spent hours admiring pictures of Maria’s magical dolls and lamenting that she could not give her daughter such a doll. However, during her bachelor studies of Spanish and Liberal Arts, Denitza had acquired a great deal of patience! She continued writing to Maria asking for a spot until one beautiful day she managed to acquire a little hazelnut baby doll. She was absolutely delighted but not satisfied. There was some magic in Maria’s dolls that made her feel ever so greedy! She wanted to own more and more of Maria’s dolls.
By this time, Maria had grown a soft spot in her heart for her new fan, and even though she could not promise her a big doll yet, she continued writing letters and exchanging wonderful ideas. Denitza was so enchanted rediscovering the forgotten wonders of childhood through playing with her daughter and the dolls that she had a change of heart. She did not want to return to her grey office any more. She wanted to continue playing…she wanted to be part of the magical world of Maria.
After much contemplation, Denitza decided there was a reason she acquired a Masters of Entrepreneurship, and developed a bold idea. She wrote Maria a long, long letter proposing a partnership. Denitza wanted to make Maria’s colorful dolls more readily accessible to children around the world and not only to doll collectors. She convinced the fairy doll maker that they could live their dream together and make many more children happy!
Together they embarked on a new journey. Maria sought out a new team of little fairies to make special dolls that would touch children’s imagination and heart, and her biggest fan, Denitza, searched for the highest quality materials and a suitable location to house their new creative venture. And they worked happily ever after!