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ALL SOLD: Kutchi doll, handmade, hand embroidered soft toy, rag doll from Nirona, Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India

ALL SOLD: Kutchi doll, handmade, hand embroidered soft toy, rag doll from Nirona, Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India

$18.00


 

These dolls are made by village women in the Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India. The body is made from calico/cotton and each one is dressed in traditional tribal dress. Every doll is unique with the use of bright cottons, braids, hand embroidered choli (dress), traditional shawl, beaded detail - including jewellery, and hand embroidered faces..the whole Kutchi family of mother, father and children. I have 4 mothers, 3 fathers and 1 daughter left until my next trip. I bought these dolls from a woman in the village of Nirona in the vast Thar Desert region of the Great Rann of Kutch - a seasonal salt marsh that spans across Gujarat in India and the Sindh province of Pakistan and is reputed to be the largest salt desert in the world. The village families here live very traditional lives in mud huts where water is scarce, electricity intermittent and life very tough. The village women make these dolls from scraps and recycled bits and pieces to sell and earn money for their families. Every doll varies in size as they are handmade - but generally adults range from 19-23cm whilst children measure approx 9cm. Mothers $18; fathers $15 and children $10. A beautiful cultural gift for a child or a lovely Christmas tree decoration!