Knitted Garments for Dolls
- Providing an irresistible addition to any of Dolls4Tibet dolls.
- Handmade in Dharamsala, in the Northern Indian Himalayas, by women who are Tibetan refugees and local Indians.
The seeds of Dolls4Tibet arose out of a family story. When Samdol Lhamo was two her German mother, Mona, and her Tibetan father, Karma Sichoe, were searching for a doll their daughter could culturally identify with. The only answer was for Mona to create one herself. While watching this first doll evolve, it dawned on the couple that this could become an ideal product created within a gender-specific work environment.
Dolls4Tibet aims to empower its artisans by training them in new skills and creating meaningful, income generating and enjoyable work opportunities within a homely and supportive environment. Additionally, they seek to preserve Tibet’s endangered culture with their personalized Tibetan and Steiner-inspired products. The workshop is a small-scale, self sufficient, socially aware enterprise which abides by Fairtrade principles.
Dolls by Dolls4Tibet are exquisitely handcrafted and filled with pure Himalayan sheep wool. Since each doll develops its own distinctive personality, creating them becomes a delightful achievement for the maker, a unique toy for a child and a precious reminder of Tibet’s threatened identity.