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Alma Thomas String Doll
Alma Thomas String Doll

Alma Thomas String Doll

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Our original Alma W. Thomas String Doll is super-charged with creativity, patience, perseverance, positivity, kindness, and education. Alma is depicted in her red and white checkered studio smock, with a paint brush in hand. The removeable fabric tag reads "Light reveals to us the spirit and living soul of the world through colors. Alma Thomas"

Hand-made in Thailand just for the Chrysler Museum by a certified Fair Trade organization.

  • String doll is 2 - 3 in (5 - 7.6 cm) long, not including key ring
  • Lobster claw clasp for easily attaching to belt loops & back packs
  • Fair Trade
  • Appropriate for ages six and up due to small parts
  • A portion of proceeds supports the Alma W. Thomas Endowment Scholarship Fund at Howard University


The following information is provided by Kristen and Chris Daniels, founders of Kamibashi.

About Us

Kamibashi (paper bridge in Japanese) is the happy result of an English teaching career in Japan that put my husband Chris and me in direct contact with talented young Asian artists whose works we stumbled across and then immediately felt an affinity with.
In 2003, with our university teaching contracts more than half finished, we decided that, despite the 5 months of paid holidays and our attachment to our life in Kyoto, a move back to the US and a career change was a good idea... and so we started working on Kamibashi.
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. 

Fair Trade

Kamibashi has always practiced Fair Trade principles, which include working with artisans in developing countries (in our case Thailand) and paying fair prices for their amazing work. We have been a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation since April 2012.

Alma W. ThomasThis checkered pattern was re-created for Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful by Elka Stevens, Associate Professor of visual culture and studio art in the Department of Art at Howard University, where Alma Thomas was the first graduate of the university’s fine arts program. Thomas wore a garment in this pattern when working in her studio. (A reproduction of the garment is in the exhibition.)

A portion of the proceeds from this item supports the Alma W. Thomas Endowment Scholarship Fund at Howard University’s Department of Art, in honor of Thomas’s legacy as an arts educator and fine artist.

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