Pinoy social enterprise HOME Plush Toys creates indigenous Lumad Dolls

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Pinoy Social Lumad Dolls
The Lumad Doll Collection handcrafted by Filipino mothers. Photo from Home Plush Toys’ Facebook page

Filipino social enterprise Handcrafters of Mary Enterprise (HOME) Plush Toys has created a Lumad Collection of their handcrafted dolls.

The Lumad (Visayan word for native or Indigenous) tribes such as the Aetas, Bontocs, Ibaloi, Kalinga, Manobo, and Talaandig were the inspiration of the doll collection.

HOME Plush Toys provides a sustainable livelihood for mother artisans from Tisa and Gawad Kalinga in Minglanilla, Cebu.

With its mission to promote weaving traditions and indigenous cultures in the Philippines, the ANTHILL community sewing Filipino social enterprise initiative used hand loomed remnant textiles to give life to the Lumad plush toys.

The Lumad Collection features dolls wearing “tapis” (woven wraparound skirt), “bahag” (G-strings), “kundiman” (turban-like headpiece), and other native accessories. There are also dolls which are tattooed in the arms called “pong-o” and “fa-tek.”

Known for creating customized, occupational, and advocacy dolls, HOME uses their handcrafted dolls as a communication tool for women and children who are victims of violence or abuse.

CHECK OUT the Filipino handcrafted dolls here.

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