The Young Folk Collective

Worry Dolls - 6 x 5cm Dolls In A Cotton Pouch

$14.95

Worry Dolls are hand-crafted dolls from Guatemala, these large sized worry dolls are perfect for little hands. 

The dolls are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes and stand at 2 inches (5.1cm) tall.

Pouch contains 6 dolls and a piece of paper detailing the worry doll legend. 

Dimensions of the pouch: W10cm x H12cm. 

Guatemalan artisans bind pieces of wood together or twist together short lengths of wire to create a frame and fashion a torso, legs, arms, and head. By winding cloth and yarn around the frame, the artisans give the doll shape. They use scraps of traditional woven fabric to make the doll costumes and wind more yarn to create the head, hair, feet and hands. Sometimes, they add a tiny woven basket or other traditional implements. 


The indigenous people from the Highlands in Guatemala created Worry Dolls many generations ago as a remedy for worrying. According to the Mayan legend, when worrying keeps a person awake, he or she tells a worry to as many dolls as necessary. Then the worrier places the dolls under his or her pillow. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who then sleeps peacefully through the night. When morning breaks, the person awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night. A variation of the legend instructs a person to tell the dolls her worries then place them in their cloth pouch before going to bed.

Our dolls are a fair-trade item. All of our products are ethically produced and handmade by traditional Guatemalan Artisans.

Your purchases help us to continue to provide income and work for families in various parts of Guatemala.

Please note: Worry doll colours may vary. 

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