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Guatemalan Worry Dolls
Taking Your Cares Away
Worry dolls are from Guatemala, and are used to help people (especially children) shed their anxieties.
As the Guatemalan folklore goes, by telling a worry to a worry doll, and placing it under your pillow before you go to bed, the doll will take that worry from you, leaving you to rest peacefully.
Worry dolls date back to Mayan traditions of using amulets, and they have grown in popularity around the world.
Each doll is made by binding pieces of wood together by winding threads around them, and decorating them with scraps of the colorful woven fabrics popular in the area. The arms and legs are made by adding bits and pieces of wire and wrapping those with threads as well.
Get Your Own Authentic Worry Dolls
Each worry doll is a little different from the next, just as every worry is a little different from the next.
You can buy a selection of Guatemalan dolls to use to take your cares away.
Often children have anxiety which can keep them from falling asleep. Having them put their worries into a worry doll and putting it under their pillow can be all they need to get a good night's rest.
Learn More About Them - The Story Behind the Guatamalan Miniature Trouble Dolls
Learn about these Guatemalan dolls and how they have a history of taking away anxiety.
- What are Worry Dolls?
The history of these dolls.
Trouble Dolls - Written by Jimmy Buffett & Savannah Jane Buffett; Illustrated by Lambert Davis
When Lizzy Rhinehart's father is lost in the Florida Everglades, she calls on the help of her golden retriever, tiny Guatemalan "trouble dolls", and a magic blue macaw to save him before a ferocious storm begins. "A welcome blend of myth and reality, set in modern times but connected by folklore to the world of animals and magic."
Do you have worries?
Do you have worries that you'd like to give away to some worry dolls?
Bag of Guatemalan Trouble Dolls
By purchasing these, you will receive one box of worry dolls with 6 dolls and a legend. Maya Traditions is a fair-trade producer and wholesale business based in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and San Francisco, California. For over ten years they have worked with Maya indigenous weavers in the highlands of Guatemala. Their mission is to support weaving groups and small family businesses through providing consistent income, as well as health and education projects.
Worry Doll Auctions
You can buy a set of dolls made by the Guatemalan indigenous people from the highlands areas at many places online, particularly on ebay.
Watch this cute little video of dolls in love
Craft Projects With Guatemalan Dolls
These little dolls are so colorful and unique that they make great elements in craft projects.
You can make hair barrettes, photo frames, pencil cups, and hundreds of other items with trouble dolls.
Here are a few ideas:
- Canadian Living : Crafts : Kids' Crafts : Doll Accessories
Let your kids work their crafting magic turning miniature dolls into accessory fashions.
- FamilyFun: Crafts - and More Family Fun
Make your own trouble dolls
- Exciting Scout Crafts
Twist Tie Worry Doll