Norbu is from the Kham region of Eastern Tibet. His long plait interwoven with red silken thread is wrapped around his head in typical Khampa style. He wears a traditional shirt, trousers, felt boots and smart chupa coat, which is tied with a red silken belt in the customary way.
The hair is made from strands of pure wool and the ‘skin’ from 100% cotton knit. The product is filled with 100% sheep’s wool and can be hand-washed. The clothing is mostly cotton. All garments can be removed.
Please note: While maintaining a distinct style, due to its handcrafted nature, each doll will vary slightly and fabrics used for the garments are frequently changed.
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.