Dolls & Toys of Madhya Pradesh

Dolls & Toys of Madhya Pradesh


Rag dolls of a special traditional variety are made in Gwalior. The faces are painted and the eyes are lively and expressive. The arms are stretched out on the two sides, the palms are coloured red, and the fingers are streaked. The costumes are made of paper which are of a traditional style. The male dolls have boat-shaped turbans on their heads while the female dolls are clothed in saris made of paper. The costumes are embellished with tin-foil, spangles, beads, and tassels. These dolls, called battubai dolls, are also dressed up in jewellery and are sold in pairs.

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