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Welsh Dolls, collectible porcelain Welsh costume dolls made in Wales


Walesdirectory.co.uk are privileged to offer for sale these quality Welsh Lady Dolls.
Carys the flower seller from Swansea Market
Carys the flower seller from Swansea Market



"The dolls are hand made here in Wales by Brenda Price of Powys, Mid Wales, and make the perfect Welsh gift.
The Ladies of Wales" ("Merched Cymru") have been created as a result of her long fascination with all aspects of costume, and her research into the dress of everyday folk in the Wales of times gone by. Although there does not seem to have been a definitive "Welsh" costume, or for that matter a "national" dress, many aspects of what has come to be regarded as such are evident in the outfits we portray here and on the linked pages.
Brenda is indebted to Lady Llanover for her delicate watercolours, painted in the early 19th century, and also to the anonymous photographers of later decades for their assiduous recording of various aspects of the local scene. Some of the dolls wear the famous tall 'Welsh Hat', but we also include versions with a wider brim or a squat crown. Other variations include the milkmaid's straw hat and the black felt 'cockle bonnet', essential for the short but intensely lovely summers we have always enjoyed here in Wales.

At present there are six dolls in the Ladies of Wales  range. Standing 14" high, they all feature Brenda's own individually made head sculptures, reproduced in porcelain in her studio in the heart of Powys, mid-Wales. Brenda also designs and makes all the costumes, whilst the scaled-down replica accessories are handmade for the individual doll by her husband, Roger. All dolls are numbered and a signed certificate of authenticity accompanies each creation.


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