Costa Rica is a Central American success story: since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred its democratic development. Although still a largely agricultural country, it has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism sectors. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

46 dolls. We purchased this doll collection from an elderly woman who traveled abroad for many years. This woman took great pride in her doll collections and wrapped this collection in plastic bags where they stayed for many years (we are not sure of the age of these dolls). The dolls are very detailed. The dresses have several layers and are in many different colors. There are a few duplicates. The paragraph listed below was found in the box full of dolls and typed on an old scratch piece of paper: Coffeewood Dolls: The Costa Rican dolls are dressed in the traditional dress of the farm people of this little wood of the coffee bush. These particular dolls are carved by the men of an extended family who live near Sarchi, a craft village about 40 miles from the capital of San Jose, in the heart of the coffee growing highlands. The dolls are dressed by the women and girls in the family. Many such cottage industries exist in Costa Rica to maintain the "traditional" crafts of painting and carving.

Ebay vendor from Cypress, TX

Costa Rica

Costa Rica for Girl Scouts: