As I seek out dolls for friends and family, I have found authentic representation in black owned brands. That is, dolls that represent a cross section of African likeness and style, capturing the nuances of hair texture, facial features, skin tone, personality, and more. Watching the reactions of children opening these gifts has been rewarding. Though they may not be able to articulate the resemblances and familiarity, their reactions speak louder than words. Upon review of the many doll options from black owned brands, you will find products from diverse businesses to suit a range of tastes and budgets. See the following companies and product links for more information.
- Adwoa Design offers a selection of handmade, collectible, and themed dolls.
- Afrikrea offers a diverse and large selection of dolls.
- African Fabric Company offers an “Afro Doll” with an Afro where you can also choose the skirt.
- Bino and Fino offer a doll collection that corresponds with the characters of their cartoon series.
- Bounce Essentials offers a selection of Nobuhle and Bontle dolls.
- Cultural Interiors offers a handcrafted “Bailey’s little people” doll that is available in different skin tones. An “Olive Rose” doll is also available.
- Double Dutch Dolls offers a selection of 18 inch “African American fashion dolls” based on twins Zaria and Kaila.
- Dream I Am offers an 18 inch Mia doll.
- EthiDolls offers “black heritage dolls” in elaborate cultural garments for which accompanying storybooks are available.
- Gifted Hands 4MeByU offers a range of crocheted dolls that are ready to ship, and dolls that can be customized according to skin tone, hair, and clothing.
- Healthy Roots offers an 18 inch “healthy roots” doll showcasing naturally curly hair.
- Herstory Doll offers a selection of first edition 18 inch dolls in medium brown and dark skin tones.
- I Am U Dolls offer a “Sunjai” doll designed and styled for dance.
- Ikuzi Dolls offers a selection of 18 inch dolls in various skin tones and styles, and a selection of mermaid dolls.
- Kay Customz offers customized and collectible dolls.
- Kunaka Kids offers a diverse selection of dolls including talking and rag dolls.
- QuèllyRue offers handmade and one-of-a-kind dolls such as the “sleeping swaddled” and “turbanista” dolls. More dolls are also available.
- Malaville offers a diverse selection of dolls with textured hair.
- Melanites offers a Jaylen action pal boy doll.
- Mixed Chicks offers a selection of “mixed chicks rock” dolls.
- Natural Girls United offers a selection of dolls representing natural hair textures with locs, braids, Afros, and more.
- Oh So Paper offers a selection of digital dolls for downloading.
- Olivia & Me Boutique offers a selection of crocheted dolls that are customized by skin tone and hair style.
- Pretty Brown Girl offers a signature “pretty brown girl”doll.
- Queens of Africa Dolls offers a selection of dolls with various skin tones and hair textures.
- Soapbox Theory offers a selection of paper figures for digital download.
- Sugarfoots offers a selection of signature rag dolls in various styles.
- Super Beauty offers a “pep talker doll” with inspirational messages.
- Tammy B Creations offers one of a kind, custom made crocheted dolls (e.g., by skin tone, hair, and more).
- Toys Like Me offers a selection of mermaid princess dolls.
- Trinity Designs offers a selection of limited edition/quantity and collectible dolls.
- Uzuri Kid Kidz offers an African American ballerina (plush) pepper doll.
In reviewing these companies and products, I hope you find dolls that work for you.
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