by Maria Padilla-Morris
Living in Dhahran provided many wonderful sports and musical opportunities for my family. The children’s library was also a great resource for bedtime story books and examples of cartoon characters. In honor of those special times, I’ve created a humorous series depicting an active Aramco Brat as a camel. Each figurine is hand made using durable Premo polymer clay over a strong wire armature. Logos from the different organizations and schools are tattooed on the character’s clothing. Some include the Aramco Brat lapel pin. These camels are available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ExpatTravelDolls.
Little League Camel - $38
A happy camel representing a Middle Eastern team in the annual Little league world series. On his back is the World Series iogo On his front is an Aramco Brat lapel pin. He measures 7 inches tall and 3 inches wide.
Basketball Camel - $38
Playing defense on the court. His clothing includes the Dhahran school Wildcats icon on the front and back. The basketball is wired up to his shoulder. He is secured to a wooden base. He is 7.5 in. and 4 in. wide.
Soccer Camel - $38
Soccer camel is ready to make a goal. His outfit includes an Aramco Brat lapel pin in the front. In the back is his team motto "Kick, Spit, Arrogant" ( KSA) He is 8 in. tall and 3 in. wide.
Lady Driver - $25
In honor of the Saudi Arabian women allowed to drive, this humorous figurine is of a lady riding a female leather camel. She carries a metal decorative purse. The camel features were altered with clay. She arrives with a mini-Turkish rug. Figurine with camel is 6 inches tall and cannot be removed.
Gratitude - $40
Lady is wearing the dress colors of the Bani Malik tribe of Saudi Arabia. Her inner robe was created by individually placed clay pieces. Her abaya is highlighted with Pearl-Ex powders. Her jewelry is created from a necklace made in the Kuchi village, Afghanistan. Her hands have a henna design. She arrives with a mini Turkish rug. She is 8 in. tall.
Wedding Bliss - $54
A young Saudi Arabian couple on their wedding. He wears the traditional male clothing. with the red//white patterned head covering. Her white gown includes a fabric trim and textured design at the tail. Her necklace is a repurposed Indian bracelet. She wears a "diamond" headpiece and ring. Their clothing is highlighted with Pearl-Ex powders. They arrive with a mini Turkish rug. They are 7.5 inches tall and cannot be separated.
Aisha - $55
Artist doll of an Arabic woman with a brass incense holder. She wears a Yemeni -inspired Beduoin jewelry. Her face covering is removable. Her head, wired hands and feet are sculpted from Premo polymer clay. Face is hand painted. She has a cloth body. Her clothing includes a silk inner dress and silk trim on her lined abaya. Her hair is created from lamb's wool. She is on a doll stand. She measures 12 inches.
Ahmed the geologist - $45
Figurine of an Arab man carrying an amethyst geode and a basket with crystals. He is sculpted from Premo polymer clay over a strong armature. His eyes are glass. He arrives with a small woven Turkish rug. He measures 8 inches.
Man Playing Rebaba - $40
He has glass eyes and arrives with a mini woven Turkish rug. He is 6 in. tall.
Please contact me with a detailed request to [email protected]. I will do my best to create a unique figurine or large doll to add to your international treasures. Please view the gallery of available figurines at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ExpatTravelDolls.