These dolls are distinct from the mass produced toys you may discover in retailers.
In the event you’re bored of run-of-the-mill stuffed dolls and mass produced toys on your youngsters, choices are aplenty. From toys made utilizing paper to these made with reusable materials and crocheted dolls, entrepreneurs are usually not simply making artistic selections however sustainable ones.
Lately, there was the information of a lady from south Delhi making dolls utilizing corn husks. Then there’s one other Coimbatore-based lady who makes elegant dolls utilizing simply newspaper.
And curiously, most of them making these out-of-the-box toys are girls. Right here’s an inventory of one-of-a-kind dolls you may add to your youngsters’s (or your) assortment or to your golu steps, to make your Navaratri extra distinctive.
Meet Covida, an indication of hope
She’s a rotund, cheerful little doll, of a measurement that may slot in your palm, with thick hair tied into pony-tails on both aspect. She wears a string of beads round her neck and her physique has minimal embroidery. Meet Covida, who was born out of a necessity, as an indication of hope.
The doll was conceptualised to maintain the livelihood of Lambadi (tribal) artisans primarily based out of Sittilingi Valley in Dharmapuri district. Dr Lalitha Regi, who has been with Porgai Artisans since their inception in 2006, says, “Covida was born out of two causes, one is to make sure our artisans had work and have been capable of earn via the lockdown. They’re the one incomes members of their complete household. Second, we didn’t have a lot cloth when the lockdown started, no cash to buy something new. We naturally went again to bits and items of materials we had and began making Covida dolls.”
This manner, the artisans have been engaged, she provides. “We needed to make a product that may join with everybody. We additionally needed to stay constructive. That’s the reason we considered Covida. That is one thing that got here out of our effort to stay hopeful. We thought, why not share it and unfold it to everybody?” Lalitha says.
Made utilizing scraps of materials and re-fashioned with Lambadi handiwork, the dolls are priced at Rs 21 every, and are bought in packs of 10, 25, 50, 100 and extra. Covida may be pinned to clothes, baggage, key-chains or simply added to your youngsters’s mini toy assortment. The staff of over 60 Lambadi artisans has been promoting Covida since August 31 and up to now, they’ve despatched over 4,000 Covidas throughout India to unfold hope.
These wishing to purchase Covidas can achieve this here or attain out to them on 09786743223.
Crocheting Indian dolls
Chennai-based architect Tirupurasundari Sevvel who has written an image ebook for kids known as Malar’s Huge Home, illustrated by Ankhita Kini, has been working with a few girls handicraft artisans to make dolls primarily based on the character from the ebook. “As youngsters we’ve performed with Barbie dolls that didn’t appear to be us. I bear in mind, once I was a child, my paati would add a small dot to my doll’s leg, to match the mole I had. Only for that relatability and the illustration. I needed to convey that for kids now, and so began with Malar,” she tells TNM.
Indira (35) from Chennai has all the time liked crocheting, whilst a 13-year-old, beginning with the standard headbands and scarves. “Then once I had my second youngster, round 2013, I started studying new methods from YouTube,” she shares. Indira’s crochet work is generally used for new child pictures, as props. Her crochet toys are palm sized and may be customised on request. “I lately made a Captain America toy for my youngsters. However now I’m engaged on making Indian-looking dolls primarily based on Chennai-based architect Tirupurasundari Sevvel’s suggestion,” she provides.
Pollachi-based Kirubashini (27) who now lives in Tiruppur, started crocheting dolls only recently, round Might. Whereas she started with cartoon and animal characters at first, Kirubashini has been inspired by Tirupurasundari to discover Indian-looking dolls.
Creativity with paper
Over the previous 10 years, 50-year-old Vijayalakshmi Sivakumar who lives in Chennai, has explored each craft potential. “I’ve made jewelry utilizing quilling, silk materials, cloth, crochet you title it… all year long I’d have orders from folks and yearly I’d maintain shifting to a distinct craft,” Viji says. However when her work took a beating as a result of lockdown, Viji took a break. “I had spare quilling papers mendacity about in the home, so I simply thought I’d make one thing to complete them. However now, I’ve once more bought extra paper for Rs 3,000,” she chuckles.
Viji has been making miniature toys, kitchen units, musician units, pots, eating desk units and the likes utilizing quilling paper. “I wish to maintain exploring extra. Individuals have requested me to make dasavatharam units for Navaratri,” she provides.
These wishing to purchase from Viji can contact her on 09841979307 on get in contact by way of her Facebook page.