Offering for sale a pair of wonderful cloth dolls from India. Both have cloth bodies well stuffed. The lady is labeled Dhobin, and is 11" tall including the flour sack on her head. She is wearing a pale golden yellow cotton scarf and apron with gold trim, over a red navy and tan print cotton skirt and violet & blue paisley blouse. She has gold zari bracelets with black beads, gold zari earrings, finger rings and nose ring. She has a bead bindi on her forehead, and black cotton thread hair in long braid in back. Her facial features are hand painted and embroidered, and she has a black beaded necklace. The man is labeled Dhobie, wearing natural cotton pants, South Indian wrap style, and long shirt, blue vest, and pale yellow cotton head wrap. He is carrying a four sack on his back, and also has hand painted and embroidered facial features. He is 10" tall. Both are in very good condition with minor wear from age. We acquired this set, along with some others also for sale here in our shop, from a local antique dealer who was a volunteer or employee in the past at a local center that was originally a Methodist college that trained missionaries who mostly went to India. These dolls were originally a gift to one or more of the missionary workers to be given to the school for their museum, some in the group were made especially for the school, others probably bought as gifts. The school is now a retreat center, and they sold these as museums often do when their collections become too large to manage, over the years they were probably given a lot of gifts from the countries they helped. These have been in a smoke free environment.
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