Waldorf-Style Orthodox Bishop Doll


Waldorf-style Orthodox bishop doll with crozier

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This is a one-of-a-kind, Orthodox bishop doll. He is dressed in a black cassock, riassa, and klobuk, has a gold crocheted panagia, and carries a handcrafted crozier. You will not find another one like him anywhere.

His head and body are constructed in the Waldorf style (filled and sculpted with tightly wound 100% wool batting). The face and hands are covered with peach-colored cotton knit (especially manufactured for making dolls) and his body is covered with black cotton knit. His beard and hair were crocheted with white brushable mohair yarn and stitched in place.  His hair and beard may be combed gently with a small comb.

His removable klobuk is made with extra-stiff crafting-weight interfacing and black rayon blend fabric (used for actual clerical clothing). Every attention has been paid to detail. His panagia was constructed in a multi-step process and includes details such as gold-set “jewels”, a gold filigree crown on top, and a jeweled pendant. It is hung by a gold crocheted chain, the length of which is adjustable in the back. His cassock is made of the same cotton knit fabric as his lower body. It is removable and closes in the front with two sets of Velcro. His riassa is made with the same fabric as the skufia and closes at the neck with a hook and eye closure.

The miniature crozier was carefully crafted of wood and polymer clay, stained, painted, and sealed with three coats of clear acrylic. A small loop of black elastic (not attached) can be used to hold it in place against the doll’s hand.

Age: Because of the nature of this doll’s construction I do not recommend him for children under the age of 7. The crozier is not safe to be chewed on by babies, and the panagia is a potential choking hazard.

Care:  Do not immerse the panagia in water. Water will work it’s way behind the covering to the paper icon underneath. While the cassock and riassa are completely washable (suggestion: use a lingerie bag for small items), I recommend spot cleaning the doll itself as needed, and hand-washing if absolutely necessary. (The klobuk should likewise be spot cleaned if needed.) Soak in cool water using a gentle detergent or baby wash. Gently squeeze out excess water; do not wring or scrub. Lay on a towel to dry for one or more days depending on humidity. There are several good sites online giving explicit directions for cleaning Waldorf dolls and I recommend consulting them if you feel you need to wash him.

Dimensions: 16 inches tall wearing klobuk

Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 9 × 5 × 18 in