The Plague Doctor keeps you away from all things contagious. Based on drawings of 17th century witnesses to the bubonic plague in England, the Plague Doctor looks scary but had an important role in society - he kept track of casualties, assisted in autopsies, and acted as the witness for wills for the dead and dying. The mask with its beak-like nose was designed to be filled with herbs and other organic material that would ward off germs.
($5.00 from the sale of each doll from our retail website will go to The Mütter Museum Store in Philadelphia, who requested we make this doll for a special exhibition called Going Viral: Infection Through the Ages that started in November, 2019.)
OUR STRING DOLL ARTISTS are based in small villages in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Crafting String Dolls is the main occupation for most of our artisans, which means a reliable income and improved living standards for their families and communities in their economically developing regions. When they are not making string dolls, many of our workers spend time taking care of their families and tending to their vegetable gardens for self-sufficiency. Some have other jobs such as sewing or working in shops and restaurants.