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Kathputli Indian Female Puppet/Doll/Marionette, 22" handmade wood face, elaborate fabric costume,from Rajasthan, India, collectible folk art

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This pretty lady is a Kathputli Indian string puppet or marionette. Kathputli is string puppet theater, an ancient tradition of mythology and legend being told through puppetry dance in Rajasthan, India. These puppets are hand made by artisans of brightly colored fabric and dramatic wooden heads and faces.

This puppet looks like a dancer to me. She has a very expressive hand-painted wood face and a fancy headdress with a veil. Her torso is also wood and she has a very fancy costume. Even the underskirt is lovely. She's decorated with metallic ribbon, a few sequins, tinsel ribbon, and brightly colored thread like a necklace.

I was surprised to find her in a resale shop. She was most likely made in Rajasthan for the tourist trade. I bought a similar one when I was in Rajasthan but it has already sold.

She measures approx. 22" (56cm) long. She is in fairly good vintage condition. Her strings have broken but you could easily attach strings from her arms and head to a wood piece to make her dance again.

This doll/puppet would make a wonderful addition to any international puppet/doll collection.

The last photo shows her with the India male musician puppet. If you would like both, contact me BEFORE purchasing for special prices and combined shipping.

Please read my shipping and shop policies before purchasing.

The shipping fees are only estimates (depends on destination). If there is less or more than a $3 difference in the fee, I will issue a partial refund, or an invoice to you to pay for the extra cost.

***Please give me your U.S. ZIP CODE (or COUNTRY) before purchasing, so I can weigh the unsealed package for a more accurate shipping fee estimate. For Canada, include postal code.

The INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING fee is NOT the actual fee. It is only a place holder to indicate that I ship worldwide. Please DO NOT PURCHASE before contacting me.

If you ever get to India, you must visit Rajasthan - go all the way west to Jaisalmer. So many castles, forts, temples, colorful costumes, festivals and amazing people. I loved it! You can even do a 3-day camel trek through the desert like I did.

Be sure to check out my other collectible dolls and puppets in the section "dolls/puppets/figurines."

To see my unique, handmade art-to-wear jewelry inspired by my world travels, go to my other shop - SandraDesigns.etsy.com
This pretty lady is a Kathputli Indian string puppet or marionette. Kathputli is string puppet theater, an ancient tradition of mythology and legend being told through puppetry dance in Rajasthan, India. These puppets are hand made by artisans of brightly colored fabric and dramatic wooden heads and faces.

This puppet looks like a dancer to me. She has a very expressive hand-painted wood face and a fancy headdress with a veil. Her torso is also wood and she has a very fancy costume. Even the underskirt is lovely. She's decorated with metallic ribbon, a few sequins, tinsel ribbon, and brightly colored thread like a necklace.

I was surprised to find her in a resale shop. She was most likely made in Rajasthan for the tourist trade. I bought a similar one when I was in Rajasthan but it has already sold.

She measures approx. 22" (56cm) long. She is in fairly good vintage condition. Her strings have broken but you could easily attach strings from her arms and head to a wood piece to make her dance again.

This doll/puppet would make a wonderful addition to any international puppet/doll collection.

The last photo shows her with the India male musician puppet. If you would like both, contact me BEFORE purchasing for special prices and combined shipping.

Please read my shipping and shop policies before purchasing.

The shipping fees are only estimates (depends on destination). If there is less or more than a $3 difference in the fee, I will issue a partial refund, or an invoice to you to pay for the extra cost.

***Please give me your U.S. ZIP CODE (or COUNTRY) before purchasing, so I can weigh the unsealed package for a more accurate shipping fee estimate. For Canada, include postal code.

The INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING fee is NOT the actual fee. It is only a place holder to indicate that I ship worldwide. Please DO NOT PURCHASE before contacting me.

If you ever get to India, you must visit Rajasthan - go all the way west to Jaisalmer. So many castles, forts, temples, colorful costumes, festivals and amazing people. I loved it! You can even do a 3-day camel trek through the desert like I did.

Be sure to check out my other collectible dolls and puppets in the section "dolls/puppets/figurines."

To see my unique, handmade art-to-wear jewelry inspired by my world travels, go to my other shop - SandraDesigns.etsy.com

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed by florenzfoley
5 out of 5 stars
Apr 12, 2018
Shipped on time. Very cool shoes!! Thank you.
Vintage Black & Gold Glamour Shoes - 8 1/2 N, 39, like new

Reviewed by florenzfoley
5 out of 5 stars
Apr 12, 2018
shipped on time. looks exactly as shown. Thank you!
2 Stackable Bangle Bracelets, black and white, cool modern look, vintage lucite

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Returns and exchange details
As most of the items in this shop are vintage, I try to describe the condition thoroughly, with several photos, but you must remember that vintage items are usually not perfect. I feel I provide sufficient information and photos to help you make a final decision. Therefore there are no refunds unless you are very sure it has been misrepresented. In that case, a refund will be made minus the shipping fee, and a $5 restocking fee on items of $20+. You must return the item in the same condition as it was sent to you within 7 business days of receiving it. There will be no refunds on sale items. I only do exchanges in very special circumstances.

I try to wrap all items carefully but If an item is damaged, or lost, in the shipping to you, I cannot be responsible unless you have paid for insurance.

Shipping policies

I usually go to a US post office once a week (I am a bit disabled) or twice a week if I have a lot of orders. I will inform you the day I ship. I always ship through the USPS usually first class with a tracking number in the US, sometimes Priority Mail. Priority Mail includes a tracking number and $50 insurance, for US mail, but it's more expensive.

I try to estimate USPS fees but there are many variables (weight, size, distance, packing materials, etc.), and shipping costs have increased. If I overestimate the fee by more than $3, I will issue a partial refund. If I underestimate the fee, I will send you an invoice for the additional cost which I expect you to pay upon receipt. ***If you want to know a more accurate shipping estimate, send me your US zip code. I will weigh the prepared package first BEFORE you purchase the item and let you know.

If you want to buy several items, contact me first BEFORE purchasing for a combined shipping fee.

***INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING NOTICE*** US postal rates continue to increase especially for international mail. International Priority Mail is more expensive but it now includes insurance for the value of the purchase up to $200, and also tracking. First Class Mail is cheaper but without tracking or insurance. I CANNOT be responsible for late or lost shipments, or damaged goods unless you purchase INSURANCE for First Class Mail! Just let me know which method you prefer, and I will provide an estimate.

IMPORTANT: Before I can estimate the correct international first class mail shipping fee, I must know the destination country (for Canada also postal code) and weigh the prepared package. I will then notify you of the estimated fee. If you decide to purchase, then I will add your location and shipping fee to the listing.

5 Star Positive Reviews on items received is greatly appreciated! This is important to me and other buyers who like to know what to expect. To leave a review, go to "your account" upper right, scroll down to "purchases and reviews", find the order, click on the fifth star, and leave a comment or two.

Your order will be carefully packaged. I try to use recycled materials whenever possible when shipping orders.
I usually go to a US post office once a week (I am a bit disabled) or twice a week if I have a lot of orders. I will inform you the day I ship. I always ship through the USPS usually first class with a tracking number in the US, sometimes Priority Mail. Priority Mail includes a tracking number and $50 insurance, for US mail, but it's more expensive.

I try to estimate USPS fees but there are many variables (weight, size, distance, packing materials, etc.), and shipping costs have increased. If I overestimate the fee by more than $3, I will issue a partial refund. If I underestimate the fee, I will send you an invoice for the additional cost which I expect you to pay upon receipt. ***If you want to know a more accurate shipping estimate, send me your US zip code. I will weigh the prepared package first BEFORE you purchase the item and let you know.

If you want to buy several items, contact me first BEFORE purchasing for a combined shipping fee.

***INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING NOTICE*** US postal rates continue to increase especially for international mail. International Priority Mail is more expensive but it now includes insurance for the value of the purchase up to $200, and also tracking. First Class Mail is cheaper but without tracking or insurance. I CANNOT be responsible for late or lost shipments, or damaged goods unless you purchase INSURANCE for First Class Mail! Just let me know which method you prefer, and I will provide an estimate.

IMPORTANT: Before I can estimate the correct international first class mail shipping fee, I must know the destination country (for Canada also postal code) and weigh the prepared package. I will then notify you of the estimated fee. If you decide to purchase, then I will add your location and shipping fee to the listing.

5 Star Positive Reviews on items received is greatly appreciated! This is important to me and other buyers who like to know what to expect. To leave a review, go to "your account" upper right, scroll down to "purchases and reviews", find the order, click on the fifth star, and leave a comment or two.

Your order will be carefully packaged. I try to use recycled materials whenever possible when shipping orders.

Additional policies

As most of the items in this shop are vintage, I cannot do custom orders, wholesale pricing or consignment.

Kathputli Indian Female Puppet/Doll/Marionette, 22" handmade wood face, elaborate fabric costume,from Rajasthan, India, collectible folk art

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Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Height: 22 Inches
  • Materials: wood, fabric, decorations
  • Feedback: 786 reviews
  • Favorited by: 6 people
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No returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order. See return policy

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