ikibondo

Sustainable and durable handmade rag dolls

Istanbul, Turkey
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Announcement    I make rag dolls for playing and sleeping with or decorating your home after my own pattern and design, as well as embroidery hoop art for decorating nursery rooms and your home... enjoy my shop, and if have any questions than please contact me :)
For more work in progress, discount codes, scenes and sneak peakes you can follow me on instagram as @ikibondo

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Last updated on Mar 28, 2022

I make rag dolls for playing and sleeping with or decorating your home after my own pattern and design, as well as embroidery hoop art for decorating nursery rooms and your home... enjoy my shop, and if have any questions than please contact me :)
For more work in progress, discount codes, scenes and sneak peakes you can follow me on instagram as @ikibondo

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Hülya Bilgen

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Sales 810
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ikibondo fabric dolls

Hello,
I'm Hülya from Turkey, designer of "Ikibondo Rag Dolls".

I am married and have a daughter, she is 8 years old now. I was working as an urban planner before my daughter was born. It is my profession. But when I hold my daughter the first time in my hands, I thought that I should be always with her. Ok, the first two years we had many to share together. Unforgettable moments, her first steps, and her first words... so years went and I was very very happy.

But, after I lost my father in 2014 I felt like being lost in the hole universe. I was very sad as I was a real daddy’s girl... but life went on, and I had to be strong as I am a mother. So I had something which let me feel better. I want to create something, especially dolls... my daughter loves dolls so I wanted to make her happy also. So I purchased many fabrics and yarns. Took my mothers sewing machine and started to create rag dolls. I wanted to have my own pattern, so I damaged a lot of fabric as I am not a tailor and had also no idea how to make a rag doll. After all, it took me app. 4 months when I was satisfied with the results of my own rag doll pattern. But during this period I saw my father every night in my dreams, giving me apples.

Nowadays, I am happy with my job as being a dollmaker. Still missing my father but know that he is always with me while working on dolls... looking behind my shoulder, encouraging me... and the most fantastic result is of course, I make my little girl also happy with new doll dresses and accessories for her own rag dolls :)

It is my own rag doll pattern and design and I use 100% natural materials like quality cotton fabric, waldorf skin fabric, wool felt and wool yarn and are durable enough to be friends for years :-)
I’m preparing every doll with the same care in my small home studio.

My brother, Habip Berber, is responsible of the shops technical parts and marketing. He is the man in the shadow. Questions and convos are replied by me...

Thank you for visiting. I'm glad if you like it!

Hülya Bilgen

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  • Hülya Bilgen

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    Hi, born in Germany, now located in Turkey, Istanbul. Mom of a girl. Self taught doll maker and create my own patterns in my home studio.

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