It all started in 1986, whenMildred Seeley, a well-known doll collector, entrepreneur and prolific author on the subjects of doll making, wrote a letter explaining why every second Saturday of June be celebrated as World Doll Day. Hence the day was established on the 14th of June 1986, to “celebrate not only dolls, but caring, nurturing love and the people offering it, in general.”
The day, though, traditionally celebrated by giving a doll to someone, is not limited to only gifting but showing appreciation for the love and care you’ve been bestowed throughout the journey of life. When was the last time you picked up a doll and reminisced about the good ol’ childhood? Seldom! But for the guys at pero led by designer Aneeth Arora, it is more often.
The New-Delhi based fashion label who is known for weaving international aesthetics into Indian textile is one of the very few labels who make dolls as part of their collection. It’s not just any doll but dolls made from recycled fabrics from the previous season.We wanted to offer something along with out chota pero which is our kidswear line. We were showcasing at Pitti Bimbo, which happens in Florence, it’s a kidswear show. So I thought it was a good time to make dolls part of the installation but I didn’t want to buy new materials hence I decided to recycle the existing waste pieces of fabrics,” tells Aneeth.
Recalling an episode when she had to make 500 of the pero dolls, Aneeth told us, “I gave it to the women who work with us. I told them that the dolls are going to travel overseas and they don’t want only Indian-looking dolls, so I gave them few guidelines and showed few nationalities and types, like Africans, redhead people. Even though the features were the same, we covered all possible nationalities. It was beautiful how they (women) conceived it and created it. All the dolls had different skin-tone, the hair-do were different too; some had pig tails, some had bangs, curly hair! The observation that these women had and what it led to was beautiful. They delivered exactly what I asked them: dolls of different nationalities.”
The pero doll first made its appearance at the Summer/Spring 2011 collection, which was two years after pero started. In case you are wondering if these adorable dolls are up for sale, you might be in for a little heartbreak as Aneeth tells us that “this is always as a gift to be send with clothes to the shops… we don’t sell them commercially.” (insert heartbreak emoji).
So now that you know about World Doll Day, how about celebrating it with us next year!