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.
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.
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.