The adorable little handcrafted Guatemalan worry doll shown above is only 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) tall!
I ordered some more hand dyed and hand woven Guatemalan fabric from Debbie Maclin at Spanglish: http://www.etsy.com/shop/spanglish. I LOVED her multi-colored plaid fabric so much, I couldn’t resist some beautiful purple remnants.
Debbie spent two years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, and she has stayed in touch with her Guatemalan friends and weavers in remote mountain villages. Her Etsy listings provide little lessons in Guatemalan culture and photos of the villages and villagers she remembers so fondly.
When my package arrived in the mail, this little worry doll was included as a special thank you for being a repeat customer. Wasn’t that nice!
According to Guatemalan legend, children are to tell one worry to each doll when they go to bed at night. They then place the worry doll under their pillow, and in the morning the dolls have taken their worries away.
I plan to give this little doll to my granddaughter Madeline when I send her birthday box to New Hampshire next month. I think she will be intrigued by the story -- and it will be a great show-and-tell for third grade, don't you think?
LeAnn aka pasqueflower