Laila - Nisse (Norwegian Elf)

Laila lives in a small thatched cottage at the northern edge of a grassy meadow. At the opposite end of the meadow is a marsh, filled with wonderful life, like frogs and muskrats, as well as beautiful plants. If you visit Laila on a summer day and she is not at home, look towards the south. You'll probably find Laila happily walking along the marsh, collecting sweetgrass from which she makes baskets, tea and scented oil. A garden flower, or two, might be poking out of her grass bag as well!

Laila is 14" tall (12" when seated), as measured from the top of her head (not the top of her hat) to the bottom of her boots. Laila is wearing a light brown & beige weave linen skirt, and a floral cotton blouse. She has a brown cotton apron trimmed with organic cotton braid and an organic cotton sash. A cotton gauze shawl keeps her snug, when the cooler afternoon breezes start to pick up.

She has beige cotton velveteen legs, and is covered with handstitched patches. Laila's soft hat is made from a Peruvian organic cotton hand brushed fleece fabric, and topped with an organic cotton yarn tassel. A glass bead necklace completes her outfit.

From one arm Laila holds a woven hemp sack, filled with summer sweetgrass and flowers. We handmake the flowers from linen and hemp, and the sweetgrass from cotton.

Laila's face is hand sculpted using felt over clay. Her eyes are handblown German glass, and are either a clear tinted color, or a hand-painted color.

Laila is stuffed with a combination of recycled glass pellets and organic cotton stuffing. She is not designed to stand on her own. Her arms are wired.

All of our dolls are 100% vegan

In addition to the natural flax and hemp fiber we use to create beards and hair, we're introducing a new hair fiber choice this year, not previously seen on our website. We've created some of our Laila's hair from Peruvian, organic color grown Pakucho cotton. Pakucho is from the ancient Incan word for 'brown cotton. Color grown cotton is a beautiful, intriguing fiber - it grows naturally, without the use of pesticides, in a vast array of stunning colors, including chocolate-brown, red, ecru, golden-brown, mauve - even shades of green!

... few people know the story of cotton in it's resplendent tones began some 5,000 years ago in the Andes. Virtually all the colored cotton plants we in the West use commercially and interbreed today come from pre-Colombian stocks created by the indigenous peoples of South America" 
Copyright ©The Revival of Colored Cotton, Dr. James Vreeland, Jr, 1999

We use no molds for our figures - each face is handsculpted, one at a time, which means each face is different. This is what makes each handmade doll unique. While the faces of the men elf dolls do vary a little, the faces and the hair of the lady dolls vary greatly from doll to doll, so each lady doll's face is photographed individually.

For seating, Laila comes with a felt-covered wire back rest. This allows her to sit upright on shelves, without having to lean on anything.

Please Note: Color grown cotton yarn has shorter staples than traditional non-organic, dyed cottons. It is bound by an organic cotton thread, and therefore should not be brushed.

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