Hand Carved Young Girl Ball Jointed Wood Doll 6.75" By Hitty Artists A&h For Sale
~~Meet Little Mya ~~
Everyone needs a real life hero – someone they look up to, admire and feel inspired by. Some heroes are famous while others are our friends and family. I have several people who I would consider a true hero and one person at the top of my list is Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Nobel Peace Prize laureate. With Burma as our bordering neighbor to the West and a country I visit yearly, I have long been in awe of all Burmese people in general. They have lived under a brutal military regime for more than two decades and cut off from the world by various sanctions up until last year. Under house arrest for much of this period and blocked from seeing her family and friends, Aung San Suu Kyi (the leader of the NLD – National League for Democracy) remained gracious in her fight for her people’s right for democracy. Like Nelson Mandella, Aung San Suu Kyi was and is committed to freedom for her people through peace and justice and not by means of violence.
So little Mya was inspired by my heroin, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi when she was a young girl. In every photograph I have ever seen of Suu Kyi her hair is always pulled back and beautiful flowers (often orchids) adorn her thick ponytail. Even when under house arrest, she always greeted everyone with garlands in her hair thus Mya has a thick bouquet of flowers wrapped around her ponytail. Mya, which means Emerald in Burmese, is carved from Acacia wood and painted in an old fashion way. I thought this fitting as a lot of the Acacia wood here comes from Burma. And being a former British colony, the painting style seemed appropriate to give her anantique look &feel.
I learned from Ae that ball jointing dolls from Acacia wood is far more difficult than using bass or linden wood because it has a rough grain. Thus Mya’s left arm goes all the way back just fine but does not go all the way forward. That said, she still has plenty of movement as you can see from the photos. I wanted Mya to be able to lean forward as far as possible w/out hindering her joints and for some reason this is difficult to carve but I am so proud of Ae for making it work. Because of her flat sandals, she stands very well!!
Mya is so much fun to pose in the raw that I almost hesitated to make clothing for her. But it seemed fitting that she should go to her new home in Burmese traditional dress so I hand stitched two outfits: #1 is her top and htamein (sarong) which are sewn from antique hand dyed and hand woven raw silk which would be worn for formal affair. Her long red cotton dress is worn daily. Her carved traditional sandals (hnyat-phanat) are painted true to color w/ black soles and burgundy straps. Mya was hand carved by my husband/partner Ae and designed, dressed and painted by me, Holly. She stands 6.75” tall. If you have any questions, please contact me.
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We ship via Registered First Class International mail. The cost is $13 and takes about 14 working days. We can also ship express mail which costs about $30 and takes 4 to 8 working days. Payment is expected w/in 2 days of the sale ending and we will ship w/in two working days. Our dolls come from a smoke free but dog loving home. That said, the poochie bellas are not allowed in the doll studio.
We get a lot of questions about us and our dolls. Ae and I have been collaborating on wood projects since 2004 and started making dolls for other people in 2008. In 2011, my dear friend Janice suggested that Ae and I make Hitty dolls and sell them on . To be honest, I had never heard of Hitty. I Googled a few photos and decided I really wasn’t crazy about that doll and we also weren’t used to making such tiny dolls. Janice convinced me I would at least like the book Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, so I read it. And she was right! I completely fell in love with Hitty. All I wanted to do was make Hitty dolls and take them traveling around the world and tell their tales. So that’s how we got started in the making of little dolls….
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Hand Carved Young Girl Ball Jointed Wood Doll 6.75" By Hitty Artists A&h: $1,030