A little vaishnava doll house
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A little vaishnava doll house

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Kanhas is re-opening in 2015 with a new batch of students and lots of exciting activities. This year, we will be having a lot more girls and so finally got a new doll house for Kanhas. I always strive to be gender unbiased with toys…but it is so natural for boys to choose trains and vehicles and for girls to pick dolls. So anyways, I went ahead and brought this beautfiul 3 feet high, 3 floor wooden doll house with its own kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom furniture pieces.

All that was left now was to bring the dolls. I searched a lot, but sadly couldnt find any good dolls dressed in traditional Indian wear. And even if you find a barbie in a saree, its almost impossible to find male dolls in traditional dhotis. Besides, I needed the right size for the doll house and they had to be in budget as well.

Since I couldnt find anything right, I eventually ended up making my own set. It was a fun project – I got some cheap plastic dolls from the market – The whole set of 13-14 dolls cost me less than $5. I then took scraps of old deity cloth and used them to dress up the dolls.

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I extended existing frocks into long skirts, added some dupattas and sari pleats and my gopis were ready! The gopas were trickier though, especially since I had to modify some hairstyles. In the end, I left the hair open, tying it up with turban pieces. Some simple dhotis later I had some cute gopas.

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Although a bit difficult because of the small size of the dolls, it was a fun project. Now we have a beautiful “Vrindavan” doll house providing lots of opportunities for Krishna Conscious imaginative play. Looking forward to another great year at Kanhas!

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About the Author: Shweta Shetty
Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi (Shweta Patil) has been practising Krishna Consciousness for over 15 years now. A qualified software engineer and Bharat Natyam Dancer, she has now ventured into the field of early childhood education. She has completed a certification in child care and is applying her spiritual and academic experiences to create a unique Vedic training program for children in Melbourne.

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