Doll making is an ancient craft . In India this must have started with making of terracotta dolls , and then with wood and other available materials. Dolls making is very fascinating craft which attracts all the age range. I had recently shared about the clay doll I made.
Different kinds of dolls in India:
In India, many kinds of traditional doll making is in practise. It differs from area to area. Etikoppa , Kondapalli toys from Andhra Pradesh, Channpattana toys , and Kinnahala dolls of Karnataka .
Karnataka also has the tradition of celebrating Gombe Habba, festival of dolls.
Similarly, clay dolls of Krishnanagar (West Bengal). These dolls though made of clay, and decorated with cloth to look realistic.
Craftsmen use clay and Plaster of Paris moulds to make the different parts of the figurine. The parts are joined with the support of a metal wire. Then painted and decorated with cloth and accessories. The craftsmen replete most of the professions and figure, by showing all the minute details.
I got an opportunity to talk to a craftsman in an exhibition in my city. He explained me the process of making of clay dolls,in detail. I wish to visit these craftsmen to know how they make the dolls!
|Dolls of Mahatma Gandhiji|
|Dolls depicting some profession|
|Some more cute dolls|
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