Sources of Hispanic Dolls and other Multicultural 16" & 18" Ethnic Dolls
We often get the question --- I love your
doll clothes but we don't have an 18" doll. Do you sell them or
where I can find one? These are some of our answers to this
question. Let us know if you have found others (email@example.com
Maya Tradition's 16" Doll - Terra
Experience sells Maya
Tradition's 16" Cloth dolls. They make a wonderful friend for
Josefina (see below) They are hand made by Mayan
women who receive a fair wage for their work. Many of Terra
Experience's outfits fit
these dolls (ask for a shorter skirt option).
Josefina - Of course a favorite is Josefina,
the Pleasant Company's Hispanic American Girl
Doll. The American Indian Doll Kaya
as well as other 18" American
Girl Dolls: Samantha, Addy, Felicity, Kirsten, Molly and American Girl Today also look great in Terra
Mayan and "South of the Border " hand-made outfits and
dresses. Some Terra Experience outfits also fit "Bitty Baby" You can can purchase these commercially-made dolls directly from
the American Girl®
website or from their catalog. Sometimes you can find these dolls on Ebay
(reuse, recycle...) too.
Handcrafted Dolls - There are number of
sources of hand-crafted cloth Waldorf and other dolls that are 16 - 18"
that look great in
Doll Clothes. Many of these dolls are hand-crafted by women in their homes. You might
also consider getting a pattern and making your own. Some places to
look for ideas:
Commercially Available 18" Dolls
||Most of these commercially
made dolls are made in China. I wish they were made
following fair trade principles - but they probably are not. (I would
love to hear from someone that they are). However, I do
appreciate having these multicultural dolls available.
|Vanessa is a darker skinned
doll who has made many friends in Guatemala. She is wearing an outfit
from Patzun Guatemala in
the top picture with her friends and an outfit from San
Juan La Laguna.in the lower picture.
I have purchased many
"Vanessa" dolls from
Target over the years (she seems to like to stay with her friends in
Guatemala). In the past several years I was very sad that
Vanessa disappeared from the Target shelf. I just noticed (June
2007) that "Sally the Ballerina" who somewhat looks like Vanessa (maybe
her cousin?) is now available on the Target Web site and on Amazon.com
and hopefully at Target stores.
||Laura Ashley is another
18" multicultural doll that I just found. She is available at Toys Are
Us. She wears a beautiful outfit from Santiago
Guatemala. It has hand-embroidered birds and flowers on it.
Let us know if you know of other sources of
18" Hispanic and Multicultural Dolls (firstname.lastname@example.org
), especially ones that are from fair trade
Other Multicultural Dolls (larger and smaller)