Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gypsy woman at Sarah la Kali festival in Saintes Maries de la Mer

A beautiful gypsy doll bought at the week long
gypsy festival in Saintes Maries de la Mer.

Here I have created a miniature world for her to
showcase both the story of the Rom people and
their beloved saint Sante Sarah-la-Kali and
their annual celebrations at this seaside village
in the South of France

A while ago I attended the annual Gypsy Festival
and celebrations devoted to Sante Sarah, in Saintes Maries de la Mer in France. 
 (See the full story with lots of pictures on my blog at

Everyone dresses up in traditional and celebratory outfits 

I bought this Spanish gypsy doll from a Spanish gypsy at the week long fair.
  She is made from a baked bisque with movable arms, legs and head. 
 Look at the beautiful detail of her shawl, the lace fan, 
the choker around her neck and the rose in the hair!!

surrounded by Spanish lace 

I also bought two red Spanish combs from him - one which I used on the frame.

The festival is a religious one for the gypsies who come from across 
Europe and the presence of the Madonna is everywhere.
 Wherever you go, there are gypsy women present at the festival.  
They walk amongst the shops in their flamboyant clothing with the most extravagant head gear;  they dance outside the Church where the main festivities take place.  
In fact, as you enter the village square you are swarmed by old gypsy women
 who are willing to pin the medal of Sainte Sarah onto your collar for a small fee.

The festival is dedicated to Sainte Sarah, the black saint.  

The third day of the festival is dedicated to the Black Bulls of the Camargue - a very Spanish tradition. 
 But unlike the bull fights of Madrid,
 these bull tournaments do not harm the bulls - no weapons are used - and it is a beautiful graceful dance between bull and matador.  
The bulls run to the arena and the event is 
accompanied with more dancing ladies in flamenco dress!

On the side of the box I have put the Sainte Sara rosary carried
 by all gypsies when they leave the festival to return home.

The storybox contains all the bits n pieces that I brought back with me from the magical festival.
  It will be added to my collection, reminding me of the Spanish gypsy at the festival of Saintes Maries de la Mer.

This week I am linking up with the magical and wonderful ABC Wednesday blog -
you can find them here


The Queen's Dollhouse


  1. A good choice for this weeks entry.... one i did not expect..... a subjec i don't know much about too.... i've enjoyed it.

    Have a nice day,
    Melody (abc-w-team)

  2. a nifty doll. and I like the weaponless bullfighting.