Mini Worry No More Cat Dolls - Set of 6
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Sleep soundly and purr like a kitten with traditional Guatemalan worry dolls made in the image of cats. Let your worries melt away, or give the gift of worry-free sleep to someone else -- with timeless wisdom from the Mayan people of Guatemala!
According to the Mayans, cats are thought to protect the souls of people on their journey to the underworld. The Mayans also have a tradition to share their worries with the worry people, which they place under their pillow at bedtime. It is thought that during the night the worry people will whisk all your cares away and you will wake up carefree -- all your worries gone!
Each traditional textile bag comes with a set of six dolls. Bag measures 3" T x 2" W (7.6 x 5.1 cm), and each doll is about 1" T (2.5 cm). Dolls vary in color and design. Handmade in and fairly traded from Guatemala.
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June 27, 2015 - These dolls are so cute. Make a nice stocking stuffer for a young person, or that friend or family member who have some worries - that you can give them to show that you care and thinking of them....or get for yourself.
June 24, 2015 - Bought 6 sets as little additions to gifts. Great little item.
June 10, 2015 - My people are a bit twiggy looking, not well made as shown, disappointed a bit.
April 16, 2015 - EXCELLENT PRODUCTS AND PRICES, THANK YOU!!!!!!!! ALEXANDRA MARCELLA MANOLESCO-AMI
February 11, 2015 - So teeny; so cute! Love the little cat faces drawn on. Giving to friends, except for one I'll keep for myself.
Artisan: Doña Jerónima Juárez
Doña Jerónima Juárez was born in the small village of San Pedro Las Huertas, near Antigua, Guatemala. She stopped attending school after the third grade in order to supplement her family's income by helping her mother sell vegetables in the marketplace.
Doña Jerónima's mother taught her to make worry dolls, a traditional craft in Guatemala. She recalls, "I was trying for 2 months to make the worry dolls; I made one but was not good enough then I undid the dolls and tried again and again and again lots of times."
Her perseverance paid off. Eleven years ago, she was able to found a small workshop, "Artesanias Multicolor," in the Colonial City of La Antigua Guatemala. She is able to employ fifteen artisans in the production of traditional and not-so-traditional handicrafts, including the "Worry Cats," a design she developed exclusively for the Greater Good Network.
With their livelihood no longer tied solely to the agricultural harvest, Doña Jerónima, her mother, and her three daughters continue to turn their traditional crafting skills towards the creation of new and unique designs.