Article on Voodoo Dolls (March 27, 2011)
From time to time, it's fun to put together an article or two on our voodoo dolls. Have a read of this one... :-)
String Dolls and Voodoo Dolls
When one thinks of string dolls and voodoo dolls often images of evil witches and poor B-movies come to mind. While there is plenty of folk law and legend surrounding them, string dolls and voodoo dolls in my eyes are fun, collectible and imaginative little accessories designed to bring a smile to your face. There are lots of stories describing the origins of the string dolls and voodoo dolls. Most stories speak of these originating in Asia. Nowadays, they are fun and popular accessories with folks from all over the USA and Europe.
To get an idea of the sizes and designs, there is a video on YouTube featuring some of the string dolls and voodoo dolls which you can watch here:
As you will see, they are quite different from the larger vinyl dolls, fashion dolls and action figures and the manufacturing process reveals some interesting details.
How are they made?
Well, the story is pretty charming. Many years ago farmers in Northern Thailand would make human like shapes by tying together lengths of straw which they would then present to loved ones as gifts. Over time, and with the advent of new textiles (and lots of imagination) string dolls and voodoo dolls evolved. Nowadays, they are made from a single length of continuous cotton string, which is carefully wound to create the classic string doll and voodoo doll body shape. No wire frames are used as a template for the body so each wind has to be perfectly accurate. Each string doll and voodoo doll is then adorned with distinctive accessories to create particular characteristics. Many of the these accessories are made from off cuts of materials and textiles which would otherwise be thrown away so very little goes to waste.
Why collect them and what are they used for?
Cuteness is a key reason and miniature dolls is probably the best words to describe them as they measure approximately 2.5" high and 1.6" wide. All the string dolls and voodoo dolls are made up with clothing and other accessories which means each has particular attractive characteristics.
Most people use them as an accessory for their keychain (it make your keys easier to spot) or attach them to mobile phone straps, bags or keep them as a lucky charm. Some people have attached them to their guitar necks and I've even seen them used them as Christmas tree decorations which is great fun.
Thanks for reading
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