Carabosse Dolls are craftsmanship creations made of porcelain out of original moulds. They represent, 1/12 scale, ladies of different historical periods, characters of famous ballets, movies and popular fairy tales, and mythological figures.
The creation of a porcelain doll is a long and complex process that begins with a clay sculpture. From this first sculpture come the plaster molds which will form the porcelain. The porcelain pieces are polished with silk and baked at 1200°C to achieve vitrification. Enameling involves the application of seven layers of china paint, with baking between each application at 800°C.
The design of a costume involves a long time of of research, fabric design and antique fabrics reproduction, pattern construction, dress fittings and experimentation with materials and trimmings. The attire of the dolls is the result of a thorough study on fashion history, carried out through paintings, old illustrations, photographs, period movies, museum collections of costumes and textiles… Their costumes, based on authentic patterns and sewn by hand, are made of natural material such as organdi, different kinds of silk and fine cotton. They are adorned with hand-made trimmings and embroideries. Shoes, accessories, jewels and hairstyle also take part of the process until the outfit is completed.