Dolls Made Of Love
With thick, long black tresses, pleated neatly on two sides and smiling sweetly dressed in her pretty blouse and a long flowing skirt, Kanmani would make for any little girl’s best friend. And her brother Kannan, with his lush curls and pleasant face can easily be any little boy’s buddy. These siblings from a city in South India, are stealing hearts, not just of children but adults and elderly too.
Kanmani and Kannan belong to a family of handmade dolls created by a venture begun by Dr. Uma Deavi. Over her many years in the medical practice, Dr. Uma witnessed deep poverty and this urged her towards conceptualising the idea of handmade dolls made by underprivileged homemakers. And since 1997, Dr. Uma and her team have been making an attempt to improve health care and provide a better future for socio-economically backward women, by converting them to dollmakers. Her venture has, so far, trained more than 600 women in various skills, while also providing employment to a few.
Not just in aesthetics, these dolls comes with the added charm of being sustainable. The dolls are made from recycled fabric, collected from leftover clothing used for the ‘Little Indian’ line of ethnic wear for children.
Check out the doll family in our Toys section and don’t forget to drop us a line if you would like a customised buddy for your little one.