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Losel Dolls ~ Trademarks of Tibet
October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$5
From an intriguing history to their intricate construction, Losel Dolls have fascinated the world as exquisite emblems of Tibetan heritage. The remarkable story of Losel Dolls, first handcrafted by exiled Buddhist monks, will be chronicled from 1-3 pm Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.
“Losel Dolls represent and symbolize the rich social and cultural legacy of Tibet,” said presenter and Outreach Coordinator Leisa Taylor. “The figures are completely handmade, from the frame of the body to the design of accessories. In addition to being exceptional works of art, Losel Dolls are a reminder of a time and place that might otherwise have been forgotten.”
Prior to 1959, Buddhist monasteries were the centers of culture in Tibet. Many Tibetan artists were monks, and the monasteries patronized and encouraged the arts by commissioning religious objects. In 1959, however, the takeover of Tibet by Communist China resulted in the destruction of all but a dozen of the region’s 6,000 monasteries. Most of the Buddhist monks were either killed or imprisoned, but some 250 monks managed to escape and were accepted as refugees in India.
This exiled Tibetan community united to preserve their national heritage and culture under the leadership of the Dalai Lama. In the 1980s, Losel Dolls were first designed and created to depict aspects of their former life in Tibet that was now forever lost. The making of elaborately-attired dolls became a means to preserve traditional crafts as well as an abundant heritage of regional, monastic, ritual, and traditional costumes.
The late Jeanne Nash, one of the founders of the Global Village Museum, was an avid acquirer of Losel Dolls. Her impressive collection is a popular mainstay at the Museum.
Admission to the program is $5 for the public and free for Museum members.