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Linda Sweeney, Sarasota, FL   

Mayan Folk Art Handmade Guatemalan Worry Cloth DollsMayan Folk Art Handmade Guatemalan Worry Cloth DollsMayan Folk Art Handmade Guatemalan Worry Cloth DollsMayan Folk Art Handmade Guatemalan Worry Cloth Dolls

Measurement: 60" L x 2" W. These charming handmade Mayan worry dolls are delightful and can be used in so many ways beyond the traditional folklore. It would be wonderful for a children costume or used as a belt by adding a buckle or velcro.


Worry Dolls are tiny, hand-crafted dolls from Guatemala. The dolls are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes and stand one-half to one inch tall. Guatemalan artisans bind pieces of wood together or twist together short lengths of wire to create a frame and fashion a torso, legs, arms, and head. By winding cloth and yarn around the frame, the artisans give the doll shape. They use scraps of traditional woven fabric to make the doll costumes and wind more yarn to create the head, hair, feet and hands. Sometimes, they add a tiny woven basket or other traditional implements. Finally, they place a set of 6-8 dolls in tiny wooden boxes or cloth pouches for sale. The indigenous people from the Highlands in Guatemala created Worry Dolls many generations ago as a remedy for worrying. According to the Mayan legend, when worrying keeps a person awake, he or she tells a worry to as many dolls as necessary. Then the worrier places the dolls under his or her pillow. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who then sleeps peacefully through the night. When morning breaks, the person awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night.

NOTE: THE Mayan tradition of giving their children worry dolls to take away their fears reminds me of our tradition with the TOOTH FAIRY and placing a tooth under a child’s pillow. They forget about the pain and worry of a lost tooth and are excited that maybe the tooth fairy will leave them something special to replace the lost tooth!


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