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Thailand Dolls



Thailand Dolls

The Thailand dolls are not made only for the children’s playing, they also have superstitious connotations, especially in West.


These superstitions are present today, even if very small people believe in them.

For example, if somebody wants to hurt a person, he/she has to stick pins in a wax doll representing that person.


Some of the Thailand dolls are the Village dolls (dtoog-dtaa chow baan).


The common people’s everyday life is represented by these Thailand dolls made of clay and having around 3 centimetres in height.


The first village dolls dates from the King Rama IV’s time when they were made in the Thailand's central area, Muang District in the Ayutthaya Province and Baan Bang-Sadet in the Ang Thong Province (the Paa-Mok District), farming families’ cottage industry.


Thailand Dolls

The village Thailand dolls are made from a mix of paper pulp and clay, the mass’ fermentation lasting for days.


The small dolls once made are also dried for some days. After that they are painted with diverse colours. These Thailand dolls are not made for playing but for their beauty. They also make a reference to the culture and the tradition of the time.


Other Thailand dolls are the mud dolls (dtoog-dtaa din niew), also small and representing plants and animals that you can see around a farm. Having the dimensions of an egg, they are created from the mud taken from the fields with rice.

This mud is fired or dried in the sun and they were part of a game.


The little boys used to tied this Thailand dolls in some lion-cloth and swung them at the others challenger’s doll, in an attempt of damaging the others. The children used to play this game in their parents’ crops. The headless dolls (dtoog-dtaa sia-gabaan) are also Thailand dolls, also small, made of clay, lacquered or glazed but with no head. Their name ‘sia-gabaan’ means ‘to lose the head’. It was thought that the evil spirits caused sickness that entered the doll and that illness will

go away once with the head’s snapping. The most of the times these Thailand dolls were representing the mother and her baby, of course, both with their heads broken. On of these dolls was placed in a cradle made of banana leaf, at crossroads, at the community’s outside to prevent the return of the evil spirit. Once these dolls could be found all around Thailand but today this old superstition is practiced only in some villages where the dolls are also made. If you want to come back from the land of smiles with Thailand dolls you can choose from: hula-hula dolls, monster dolls, garden dolls, cartoon dolls, string dolls, keychain dolls and voodoo dolls.

Dolls in Thailand


They are all small, very colourful, funny and attractive, so you can be some perfect presents and memories for your family, friends and so on. Look for these dolls in the Thai souvenir stores and in the Thai bazaars, the prices being affordable.



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