A doll is a model of a human being, often used as a toy for children. Dolls have traditionally been used in magic and religious rituals throughout the world, and traditional dolls made of materials such as clay and wood are found in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. The earliest documented dolls go back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The use of dolls as toys was documented in Greece around 100AD. They have been made as crude, rudimentary playthings as well as elaborate art. Modern doll manufacturing has its roots in Germany, going back to the 15th century. With industrialization and new materials such as porcelain and plastic, dolls were increasingly mass-produced. During the 20th century dolls became increasingly popular as collectibles.
History, types and materials
Early history and traditional dolls
The earliest dolls were made from available materials such as clay, stone, wood, bone, ivory, leather, wax, etc. Archaeological evidence places dolls as foremost candidate for oldest known toy. Wooden paddle dolls have been found in Egyptian tombs dating to as early as 21st century BC. Dolls with movable limbs and removable clothing date back to at least 200BC. Greek dolls were made of clay and articulated at the hips and shoulders. There are stories from ancient Greece around 100AD that show that dolls were used by little girls as playthings. In Rome dolls were made of clay, wood or ivory. Dolls have been found in the graves of Roman children. Like children today, the younger members of Roman civilization would have dressed their dolls according to the latest fashions. When Greek and Roman girls got married they would dedicate their doll to a goddess.Rag dolls are traditionally home-made from spare scraps of cloth material. Roman rag dolls have been found dating back to 300BC.
Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s, and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in North America. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.
Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic balladThe Voyevoda.
Sayaka Kanda(神田 沙也加,Kanda Sayaka, born October 1, 1986) is a Japanese actress and singer. She is the only child of pop singer Seiko Matsuda and actor Masaki Kanda. Her paternal grandmother is former actress Teruko Asahi.
Kanda was born in Setagaya, Tokyo. In 1999, while a student at a Japanese school in Los Angeles, she appeared in Bean Cake, a short film which won the Palme d'Or du court métrage at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. She has been quite active as an actress on movies and mostly on stage since her debut. She also has written some lyrics for her mother Seiko Matsuda's songs.
In July 2012 she debuted as a voice actress on TV animation Good Luck Girl!, which led her to be cast as Anna in Japanese version of Frozen.
In April 2014, she formed a duo called TRUSTRICK with a guitarist Billy. They released debut album "Eternity" on June 25.
Sayaka Kanda appeared as a special guest in the Alan Symphony Concert from December 20, 2014 alongside Tibetan Chinese diva Alan Dawa Dolma, and together, they sang a music piece originally performed by Alan titled "風の手紙"/"Kaze no Tegami" (Letter in the Wind).
In 2019, the 60th anniversary year of the iconic doll, Mattel added two disabled dolls to its 'Fashionistas' collection and brought out a range of gender neutral dolls with switchable hair and clothes 'free of labels' after the company said 'kids don't want their toys dictated by gender norms'.
Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Ardith F. Swisher, 91, formerly of Kadoka, joined her husband and soulmate, Lowell (L.P.) Swisher in their heavenly home on August 13 ... A gifted seamstress, Ardee sewed many of her own clothes and those of her kids. She also sewed doll clothes, GI Joe and Barbie outfits, and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.
In Lori Diemer’s case, necessity is the mother of the Cozy Noze invention, she said ... “I can’t photograph without my glasses and it was minus-30 there,” Diemer said ... One of Lori Diemer’s clients wearing a Cozy Noze ... Diemer’s interest in sewing began when her mother taught her how to make clothes for Barbie dolls.
Given her creepy expressions and equally off-putting outfits—think turn-of-the-century dolls’ clothes with ribbons covering her neck and wrist scars—Esther unsurprisingly made their lives a living hell, surreptitiously murdering and maiming anyone who rubbed her the wrong way ...First Kill, a prequel (Aug ... So ludicrous are Orphan ... “” ... Orphan ... .
Instead of being generic plastic bodies to be clothed and posed, the dolls were now pitched as “real” women, with Mattel engaged in “shining a light on empowering role models past and present in an effort to inspire more girls.” ... come with career-related clothing and accessories.
GREENVILLE — Whether your children are passionate about crafts, performing arts, or just interacting with other kids among a variety of toys, the Children’s Events at the 58th AnnualDanishFestival will be there to entertain them ... — DN file photo. Running from 9 a.m ... 19 and 20 ... We have kitchen sets, we have dolls, we have dress-up clothes.” ... on Aug ... .
The call came at 6.30 a.m. on Feb. 24, just hours after Russia invaded Ukraine. It threw a lifeline to the Trushchenkov family ... Deliveries of secondhand clothing arrived on their doorstep ... They needed jobs, fast ... Images haunt him ... ___ ... With two small children, she gets by on income from cleaning houses, making dolls, and crocheting clothing to sell online.
Editor's note. Some crime scene detail in this story may be disturbing to read ... Being fit isn't the same thing as being sane ... At 7 a.m ... Located with the sexdevices were wigs and children's clothing, the affidavit stated. In a box near his bed was what appeared to be a sex doll in the appearance of a small female child, according to court records ... .
Guo Xuemei’s first Barbie dolls came from her aunt, who laboured daily at the Meinong factory in Taishan, a suburb in New Taipei City, to produce the toys for export ...Later this summer, she will lead a class on Hakka-style clothes for dolls in collaboration with the TaipeiHakka Studies Center.
There will also be a pie and bread sale, crafts, vendors, American Girl doll clothes, jewelry, and a raffle for a queen size homemade quilt ... ROLLINSFORD — The ancient craft of spinning – once a necessity for creating textiles for clothing and furnishings - is now a ...
It has this special drawer sitting on top of it with many other keepsakes around it, and I feel grateful for my mom making all those doll clothes for my doll one year for Christmas and for my dad’s little lathe tool.
Kathryn Janette WeedmanKathryn Janette Weedman, known as Katy to all her friends and family, is a Grayson County native born on Nov. 10, 1925 ... Katy has a talent for sewing anything and everything. She made clothing for her siblings without patterns and used her mother’s old clothing to accomplish this feat. Katy also loved to make quilts and dolls ... .
Donations for clothes, books, school supplies, toys ... Needs are food items, clothing, small household items ... Provides clothing and hand-sewn dolls to the Rainbow Rooms in East Texas; clothing protectors and slippers to LufkinState Supported LivingCenter; weighted blankets and toys used to comfort children with autism.