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Kabul Dolls Create Opportunities for Independence

This holiday season, a number of American children received a unique present, a handmade doll wearing traditional Afghan clothes. A beautiful gift with a socially responsible mission, Kabul Dolls is a venture consisting exclusively of Afghan women who create dolls completely by hand. The dolls represent different ethnic groups and regions of Afghanistan and come in three different sizes, with hand-painted faces and unique garments. Each doll is distinctive, reflecting the work of the individual doll maker’s style and talent. From the veils of the Burqa dolls to the cotton stuffing of Kochi boy dolls, all materials used are bought in bazaars throughout Kabul. Current favorites include the President Hamid Karzai doll and the Afghan soldier dolls.

Kabul Dolls is based in Karte Char, Kabul and was founded in 2004 by Australian Felicity Cossins. The company employs over twenty working women, with all profits being funneled back into the enterprise, to cover operating costs and wages. Each doll is a reflection of the partnership between the U.S. and Afghanistan, and the universality of children all across the world.  

For more information on Kabul Dolls, or to order a doll, please visit their website:



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