Local Indian women and Tibetan refugees living in the Northern Himalayas have joined together to form Dolls4Tibet, a small-scale, self sufficient and socially aware enterprise.
These women have overcome their lack of formal education and training to preserve an endangered Tibetan culture by hand crafting unique Tibetan and Steiner-inspired dolls. Dolls4Tibet provides a supportive and flexible work environment for women whose lack of English or Hindi may have narrowed opportunities for employment elsewhere.
Run along Fairtrade principals, Dolls4Tibet aims to encourage cross-cultural understanding and social integration – an important aspect of refugee life.
The dolls are exquisitely handcrafted and filled with pure Himalayan sheep wool.
Traditional Tibetan Bopa Dolls reflect the unique costumes of the three major regions of Tibet. The ‘Steiner-Inspired’ Tibetan Friendship Dolls are individual creations with simplified embroidered facial features in line with the philosophy of the Waldorf tradition.
Children are encouraged to use their imagination as Indian and global Friendship dolls, through play, introduce them to different cultures from around the globe.
This year, buy a gift from Dolls4Tibet on The Shop for Change that will help to increase the confidence and a sense of achievement for women who are often lacking in self-esteem or basic communication skills in a foreign environment.