Before moving to Cagayan de Oro city, I brought a super old Fisher-Price basic telephone and a stuffed Thumper doll that I’ve had since I was a child. Both were for my kids to play with as they settled into their new home.
I guess I saved them so I could anchor to cherished memories of my childhood as well. They remind me of the fun and stuffy afternoons inside the makeshift bedroom my parents built for my sisters and I at our now-defunct lights and electrical store. We’d stay upstairs where all the stocks were stored while they managed operations below us.
A Dolldalita doll has that same charm that sweetens a child’s memories of playtime. This adorable and chubby girl is handmade with love from the Philippines by Jaclyn Colmenares Zapatos, an artist, creative entrepreneur, and mother.
What started from meaningful handmade products for artists’ fairs turned into a beautiful brand of dolls that kids can love and play with.
No two Dolldalita dolls are alike. Neither are they made “perfect” through machinery. Once you take home a Dolldalita, you take with you a meaningful process evident in “the gathering around the neck, loose yarn, visible contrast stitching, and different head shapes.”
The stories and creativity are what give these adorable Dolldalitas life. The best part is we don’t have to go abroad to enjoy these beautiful dolls. ❤️
Dolldalita dolls are available online or at two of their shops in Boracay, Aklan and Hop Bop Shop in Ortigas, Manila. The official Facebook page is also where Jaclyn posts details about her doll-making workshops if you’d like to learn from the craftswoman herself.