The House of Cloth Dolls

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Leila Reis manufactures dolls and she has a lovely little shop and an atelier in her home garden, located in the bucolic district of Ipiabas. The House of Cloth Dolls invites its visitors, adults or children, to go through a magical ride. "Whoever buys a doll receives a birth certificate. My dolls are like a daughter the person has to take care," declares the artisan who manufactures fairies, ballerinas, princesses and even Mrs Claus.

The House of Cloth Dolls. Photo:Isabela Kassow/Diadorim Ideias.

Because of her poor childhood Leila had always won broken dolls. The dream of being able to have her own toys made ??her interest in craft production grow. Since 1983, she has been drawing models and sewing each of her dolls, which always carry a bit of her own identity. "I'm not the doll's soul, it is the other way around," tells Leila, who has never enjoyed fixing damaged parts from other dolls she receives ?  "I think it is complicated  to interfere in the creative work of someone else," she justifies.

Leila is currently expanding the House of Cloth Dolls so it makes room for workshops of this fascinating art. She also wants to dedicate herself to manufacturing stuffed animals such as rabbits, cats, rats and turtles. Customers from many cities in the state of Rio de Janeiro look for the dolls of Ipiaba.

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Address: Dr. Luiz Novaes Road, 453, Ipiabas, Barra do Piraí.
Phone: (+55 24) 2437-1113
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