Noush dolls


Originally from Amsterdam, Manoushka Kraal settled in Durban nearly a decade ago. Passionate about craftspeople, she works closely with local artesans to create the unique dolls and mermaids that make my heart melt. ‘It’s all done by hand,’ explains Noush, who begins the process with sketches and drawings. ‘Blessing carves my ideas to life… I never wanted the original figures to have naïve “Disney” faces, I wanted them to have character and be earnest.” Helpers Erica, Anna, Dellie and Rose create the moulds and casts, and Noush completes the dolls by hand-painting detail and accents herself.

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