NEW! The Cinnamon Pavadai Jacket


NEW! The Cinnamon Pavadai Jacket


From curries to tea to desserts—cinnamon is a favorite flavoring used around the world. In celebration of the amazing aroma, tantalizing taste, and distinctive reddish-brown color of one of the world’s favorite spices—and in honor of the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu where cassia cinnamon (also known as “Malabar Cinnamon”) is grown and produced—we are delighted to present to you the Cinnamon Pavadai Jacket!

A Pavadai Jacket is a common attire for young girls in Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India. It is also called Pattu Pavadai, from the Tamil words for “silk” and “long skirt”—and sometimes simply called pavadai. Although traditionally made only out of silk, the modern versions of Pavadai are made from a kaleidoscope of fabrics—cotton, silk, synthetics—and come in both matching and contrasting styles. Whatever the fabric or style, a pavadai is a popular, comfortable and elegant garment for any occasion from play to parties.

This Cinnamon Pavadai Jacket was made from an upcycled cotton sari with an intricate gold zari border. Our Artisan Partner created the Cinnamon Pavadai Jacket in two variations:

Style 1: With gold zari work on the sleeves and hem of the jacket, and on the hem of the skirt.

Style 2: Gold zari work on the hem of the jacket and the hem of the skirt.

Each Pavadai Jacket is accompanied by a handmade doll-sized booklet to help kids learn more about the background of the outfit. There is even a little Indian language lesson for them to enjoy!

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WARNING: Because this outfit includes snaps, it is not suitable for use in unsupervised play by children under age 5.

This garment consists of two pieces: the pavadai (long gathered skirt with thin strapped bodice) and the jacket (loose blouse worn on top of the pavadai). It was tailored to fit beautifully on a variety of 18” dolls including American Girl, My Life As, Ikuzi, Madame Alexander, and Our Generation. It also works great with a variety of soft-stuffed rag dolls. To know if this garment will fit your doll, please refer to the measurements below: 


  • Length: 14” / 35.5 cm (from shoulder to bottom hem). 

  • Waist circumference 10.5” / 26.5 cm

  • Shoulder strap/arm hole: 5” / ~13cm (fits loosely at base of arm near shoulder)

  • Skirt circumference at hemline: 26” / 66 cms (skirt) 18” / ~ 35 cms (underskirt)


  • Length: 6” / ~15 cm (from shoulder to bottom hem).

  • Neck circumference: 8”

  • Arm hole circumference: 4”

  • Bust: 11.5” / 29cm 


To ensure this clothing continues to fit your doll and look great, handwash in delicate detergent and warm water and air dry on a flat surface. When needed, press with an iron heated to the Polyester setting.


+ This garment was machine sewn with sew-all rPET thread by Gutermann. We love this thread!

+ To prevent fraying, and increase the lifespan of the garment, all raw edges were finished with zigzag stitch or serging.

+ We always sew with pre-washed fabrics. We know this takes away that “like new” shine from the fabrics. But we do it to reduce our artisan’s exposure to chemicals when handling the fabric, and to minimize the possibility of the finished product shrinking when you wash it.  

+ This garment was sewn in the home of an Artisan Partner in Australia (NRI). 

+ This garment has been around the world and back, but we want it to come to you as fresh and clean as a rain-washed morning. That’s why each Artisan Partner-made piece is first hand-washed with gentle soap, rinsed in warm lavender/thyme water, and dried in the sun and wind at Seekna HQ before we list it in our shop. 

+ The pattern for this pavadai jacket was developed by Phyllis Robson in 2018.


If you are not fully satisfied with this product, our return policy allows you to receive a full refund of your purchased amount (including taxes and shipping, where applicable), if you contact us to request a refund and return the item within 30 days of your purchase. We will initiate the refund once we receive the returned item(s), and you should receive the refunded amount back to your account within 5 business days.