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  • Writer's pictureKathryn Smith

Where Do Dolls Come From?


The history of dolls and how they have evolved with time.




Have you ever wondered about the fascinating world of dolls? We wanted to dive into the early origins of these companions!  From their humble beginnings to their evolution into iconic cultural symbols, dolls have enchanted children and adults alike for centuries.


Believe it or not, dolls have been around for thousands of years! Archaeologists have discovered ancient dolls made from materials like wood, clay, and even bone. These early dolls were often simple in design but held great significance to the cultures that created them.


As civilizations advanced, so did the artistry and craftsmanship behind dolls. In ancient Egypt, intricate wooden dolls were crafted to be a companion in this life and beyond. In ancient Greece and Rome, dolls were made from materials like terracotta and ivory, and were often used as toys for children or as offerings to the Gods.


During the Middle Ages, dolls took on a more religious significance. Many dolls were created to represent saints or biblical figures, and were used in religious ceremonies and processions. These dolls were typically made from materials like wax or cloth, and were seen as sacred objects.


The Renaissance period saw a shift in the purpose of dolls. Rather than being solely religious or ceremonial objects, dolls began to be seen as toys and playthings for children. In Europe, porcelain dolls became popular among the wealthy, as they were expensive and considered a luxury item. These dolls were intricately designed and dressed in elaborate clothing, reflecting the fashion trends of the time.


With the Industrial Revolution came new materials and techniques for doll-making. Mass production made dolls more accessible to a wider population, and they became a staple in many households. Dolls made from materials like bisque, composition, and celluloid became popular during this time. These dolls were often mass-produced in factories, allowing for a greater variety of styles and designs.


As the 20th century dawned, dolls continued to evolve. The introduction of plastic revolutionized the doll industry, making dolls more durable and affordable. Companies like Mattel introduced iconic dolls such as Barbie, which quickly became a cultural phenomenon and an enduring symbol of fashion and beauty.


Now in the 21st century, technology has played a significant role in transforming the doll industry. Dolls have become more interactive and lifelike. These advanced dolls have taken playtime to a whole new level, providing children with companionship and endless hours of imaginative fun.


The production of dolls has evolved with society but one thing has not changed, they make perfect companions for your children and as we know, have tons of other benefits too. Check out our site to buy the perfect doll for your child!

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