The origins of the Dolls of the Hope can be traced back to the 1920s, when Chinese missionaries were angered and shocked by women as slaves and prostitutes, shackles of their feet, and even killing unwanted baby girls. When the Chinese authorities began to wage war against foreign entities trying to obtain their resources, Chinese missionaries suffered setbacks in the "Boxer Rebellion." Therefore, the mission is carried out in areas that have been killed together with Chinese who have been converted into Christians.
In these incidents, a group of female missionaries from different Christian backgrounds established homes for these young girls in Shanghai. In 1901, the mission of Hope Gate began. The group was funded mainly by charities such as the American Women's Club and provided support to the people of Shanghai. In this new home, girls who avoid refuge are taught to read, write and sew. They were taught to create traditional Chinese clothing and shoes made of cloth. Then, these young women were paid for making dresses for wooden dolls carved by local craftsmen. These dolls are made of pear wood and attached to dolls made of cloth. It was not until 1915 that it had hands and shoes.
The doll size is approximately 6 inches to 12 inches depending on the type of character depicted. Most dolls represent Chinese people wearing elaborate outfits based on their gender, age and social status. There are also some doll series that have complete character characteristics in traditional Chinese weddings. They also wear colorful dresses that symbolize luck, wealth and happiness. Older characters are about 12 inches in size, while younger characters like kids are about 8 inches in size.
The other character seen in the Hope Gate doll is Amah [also known as a female nurse], a working-class woman carrying a baby, a farmer working in a rice field, a Buddhist activist or monk, a mourner, a widow. , police, well-dressed Manchurian women. These dolls are dressed in silk fabrics and intricate embroidery. Their faces are engraved with smooth eyes and lips. A total of 25 characters were collected, which were issued in the United States by returning missionaries Elsie Clark Krug and Kimport Imports.
However, the production of these dolls ended in around 1937, when the Japanese occupied Shanghai. Historians believe that there were approximately 30,000-50,000 dolls from 1902 to 1937. These dolls are used for export to raise funds, and some are sent to countries around the world, such as Australia, Europe, South Africa and the United States. These dolls are hard to find now, and a doll can even cost $400 on some auction sites.Click here!The China Secret.