A doll made in the Russian rag doll tradition. Sophie is a sack doll, her bottom half filled with rice for weight, her top half stuffed with natural fiber fill. She wears the image of a stag and carries its spirit. Her hair is merino wool. Her clothes are vintage and reclaimed textiles: vintage knit, vintage floral dress, reclaimed wool and dress material and stamped muslin. Stitching, adhesive, traditional wrapping and tying methods have been used to create this one of a kind doll.
She has a sack bottom and sits when placed with care. Sophie''s outfit and scarf are permanent. She is NOT intended to be unwrapped, but is a perfectly complete art doll or doll for a child who wants a companion to sit beside her/him during play, rides, meal and rest times.
10 inches tall
5.5 inches across
14 inches in circumference
Weighs approx. 5 lbs
In the Russian rag doll tradition, these dolls were made by children and mothers, or whole families, sometimes without a needle and thread, but by twisting, tying and folding of fabric. Dolls were filled with grains and if the winter was a hard one, the grain doll filling was used for food. Because dolls were made by folding, tying and twisting, the doll could be refilled when grain was again plentiful. If a family had a 'slip' of a doll by winter's end they knew it had been a hard one.
Dolls were given to married couples, and those settling into a new home, as a symbol of abundance and a token of good wishes and fortune for the home and family.