Hand-Made Tibetan Dolls at Readings Carlton

At our store in Carlton you can now find a selection of hand-made dolls that have very special significance.


In Dharamsala, northern India, a small group of Tibetan refugees have employment thanks to the work of a German artist with a passionate interest in the Tibetan community. Mona Bruchmann established the workshop in order to provide jobs that were flexible, secure and rewarding for women who have had very little formal education.

sewingmachineOut of this workshop comes two types of doll that have been a massive hit at our Carlton store. We’ve just received a new shipment. The large dolls, at $54.95, each take three days to make and are stuffed with pure Himalayan sheep wool.

They come in a variety of beautiful traditional costume, with beaded hair and delicately stitched eyes and lips.

The smaller dolls, at $32.95, are created in the Steiner tradition with very few facial features, the idea being that the child supplies the imaginative details. Both dolls come in girl and boy variety.

monandgirlsMona Bruchmann’s vision is not to grow a factory but to provide a ‘homely, inspiring atmosphere’, and to raise awareness of the Tibetan situation from a different perspective.

Her aim goes far beyond a maximum profit. She’d prefer to call it ‘the maximum quality of the whole creation process’. Readings shares her sentiment and we’re proud to stock these unique dolls.

[missing asset] Emily Gale is a Children’s & YA Specialist at Readings Carlton, and a Children’s & YA writer the rest of the time. Her other title is ‘Mum’, or more accurately ‘Muuuuuuuuum!’