Playing With Paper Dolls And The History Behind Them

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Playing dress up in mom’s closet was too much of a hassle, Barbies were expensive, and Dressy Bessy wasn’t stylish enough. Paper Dolls were the perfect low-cost alternatives to aspiring fashionistas everywhere. I remember running home from the toy store with the newest book filled with the latest looks. Even now, I can just imagine myself slowly tearing the perforated edges of each outfit, making sure to not ruin the artfully assembled clothes

That said, paper dolls have been around as long as there has been paper. Being used during rituals and ceremonies in the Asian cultures many centuries ago. The Japanese used paper for Origami and the Balinese people made paper and leather into puppets. Other cultures around the world have had paper formations or paper art, including in Poland, where they were called Wy’cinanki.


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