'Corn dollies have a traditional significance and place in our craft history, originally representing a ritual propitiation of the gods for fine weather, prosperity, fertility and the supply of seed for next year’s harvest. It is a theme that has a parallel in every European country.'(A Golden Dolly, 1973)
The simplest of all corn dollies is known as the Countryman’s Favour. Three or more straws can be used.
" 'Tis but a thing of straw" They say,
Yet even straw can sturdy be
Plaited into doll like me.
And in the days of long ago
To help the seeds once more to grow
I was an offering to the gods.
A very simple way indeed
Of asking them to intercede
That barn and granary o’erflow
At harvest time, with fruit and corn
To fill again Amalthea’s horn.