|88-year-old doll maker opens exhibition at Iranian Artists Forum||
Bibi Haazer Omidvari, an 88-year-old self-taught Iranian doll maker, attended the opening ceremony of her exhibition at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on Sunday.
Bibi Haazer, who lives in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, draws inspiration from the characters of Iranian folk tales to create her works.
Arriving with a cane in her hand, she gently touches the face of her dolls, and tells the story of some of them.
“My grandchildren and neighbors usually bring pieces of textiles which are of no use for them, or I sometimes undo old woolen clothes and make the dolls,” she explained.
“Don’t think it is easy to make dolls, it sometimes takes me hours to thread the needle. I feel pain in my neck but I tell my neck it should move as long as I am alive,” she said.
Bibi was previously a carpet weaver, but on her doctor’s advice, she gave up the weaving job to improve her health.
Her grandchildren Elaheh and Bahman Abbaspur have made great efforts to arrange the exhibit. “All the grandchildren have grown up with the dolls of Bibi. All the dolls are unique. They are rooted in Persian culture or the stories she narrates.”
Bibi’s works received a lot of attention at an exhibition of works by a group of self-taught artists at the IAF this year in April.
A total of 210 dolls are on display at the exhibit, which is Bibi’s first solo exhibition.
The exhibit will run until July 4 at the Forum located on Musavi St., off Taleqani Ave.
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