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Handcrafted Bopa Dolls: Fair Trade Project in India

Friday, July 06, 2012


The Bopa Dolls Workshop is an innovative women’s handicraft cooperative staffed primarily by Tibetan women in exile from their homeland. It’s located in Dharamsala, India - home to H.H. the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet. 

The Workshop enables these women to develop new skills and opportunities for employment, and increase their confidence.  The doll-crafters are all paid a living wage and work reasonable hours in a healthy and safe work environment, thus allowing them to support their families and ensure their children can attend school.

Bopa Doll

Bopa dolls are individually handcrafted, with natural materials (cotton, silk and brocade clothing), and filled and shaped with pure Himalayan sheep wool.  They are clothed in authentic Tibetan dress and decorated with traditional hairstyles as a way of raising awareness of the plight of the Tibetan people and culture.  Each doll is individually dressed and named by the woman who made it. It takes three days to complete each unique creation.
The Workshop started with three doll-making women and two tailors stitching the clothes from home.  In the last year, they have grown to seven full-time and two part-time doll-making women, one full time tailor in the workshop, and four tailors working from their homes!

Bopa dolls are available locally for purchase at Mindful Hands, 211 King St, Alexandria, VA.  A portion of all proceeds are contributed to the International Campaign for Tibet and other Tibetan aid charitable organizations.

hotdog grills said on July 07, 2012

What a wonderful handy crafts indeed! I like handcrafted Bopa Dolls are being so lovely as well. Thanks for the short review here!

Webdesign said on July 10, 2012

Bopa dolls are looks very wonderful gifts as well. smile I like this type of handy crafts as always. Glad to hear that fair trade show start in India someday. Thanks for letting me know interesting sounds! wink

Andy said on July 11, 2012

Got chilled to see the post! I’m simply known with the Indian culture. It’s one of the most colorful one. Each of their stuff is vibrant and lots of accessories even in the doll, too what makes it so pretty! Thanks for the update of ‘The Bopa Dolls Workshop’.

Interior design said on July 13, 2012

Yes, I have read some excellent concept about the Bopa Dolls Workshop. I have been long time fan of their handmade crafts. Thanks for talented view.

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Can you please let me know some great information about Indian bopa dolls? I actually interested and anyhow reading kinda info about it as a handmade crafts. Thanks! smile

Emma Cook said on July 20, 2012

Wow! I love Bopa dolls are really excellent collection of handmade crafts. I am truly impressed to know that interesting issue. Thanks for brilliant input! smile

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Wow! bopa dolls looking so cute. I get the excellent concept from the article. Obviously it is great steps to build the women self confidence and increase the employment. Thanks a lot
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Stainless steel jewellery said on July 26, 2012

I definitely appreciate the effort these ladies are giving. I have seen their collections. They are really hardworking and job is absolutely superb. Keep up the good work.

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Valentin said on August 09, 2012

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I love Bopa doll! I actually long time fan of Indian handy crafts. Thanks! smile

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The Bopa Doll is looking like a very slight blend of Tibetan and Indian culture which is good enough to present both as well as the similarity between these two, too. Thanks for inform about a different kind of handcraft of India.
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Yup!!! I love hand made gifts, It provide natural looks.  My mother had made a beautiful doll for me like as above. I love that doll yet. I like your article thanks for sharing.

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