The history of worry dolls originates in Guatemala, South America, where they were first created by Mayan Indians to take away the worries of the children. The worry dolls were created to represent a person for the children to talk to and to tell a worry to, the worry doll would be placed under a pillow at night. When the child awoke in the morning after a good nights sleep the worry doll would be gone, having taken the child’s worries and fears away with it. It’s probably near impossible to find an exact place in the history of worry dolls where the tradition began, but it is a tradition that runs right though Mayan culture.
In rural Guatemala cloth weaving is an occupation undertaken by many and naturally there is a lot of waste cloth that is too small to be used. These extra pieces of cloth have been used with splinters of wood to create worry dolls as well as the bags or pouches they come in, worry dolls are an ingenious use of what would otherwise be waste materials. Over the years the worry dolls were used as a way of taking away the worries of the Mayan children. Due to their small, light nature they became very popular with visitors to the region and have since become recognised all over the world and have aided the sleep of countless children.
The history of worry dolls is a simple one, humble even, and it’s surprising how something so small can become so universally recognised. As with a lot of things in life, it’s not the complexity of a product or even great advertising that can make something popular but the intent for which is was created and the message that it carries. If you would like to learn more about worry dolls and how to use them, visit our homepage.