Thailand dolls are not made only for the children’s
playing, they also have superstitious connotations,
especially in West.
superstitions are present today, even if very small
people believe in them.
example, if somebody wants to hurt a person, he/she
has to stick pins in a wax doll representing that
Some of the Thailand dolls are the Village
dolls (dtoog-dtaa chow baan).
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
village Thailand dolls are made from a mix of paper
pulp and clay, the mass’ fermentation lasting for
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.
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.
is fired or dried in the sun and they were part of a
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.
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