I have loved black dollies since I was a child.
Growing up as a child I had an Aunt Jemima doll.
I did not think of myself as being racist...
I loved my black doll...so much that it ended up in rags,
just like my stuffed pink and yellow bunny.
I was a tomboy as a child,
so my black dollie was the only doll I played with.
Today I still love black dolls and bunnies!
Now let me tell you a bit of history of these dolls.
Black dolls are considered the first true handmade
dolls in America as they were all hand sewn,
one a kind dolls made from no longer used clothing.
I hate to use this word slave,
but it was the slaves who created these
W O N D E R F U L
dolls that I consider works of art!
It was the only toy their own children could have.
So sad...so very sad.
The first black dolls were Topsy Turvy.
One side was a white doll, the other a black doll.
They were made by mammies for the white children
who they took care of as slaves.
White children were mostly cared for by their mammies,
therefore they wanted a doll to represent them.
In order to please their masters, they made the
Topsy Turvy doll.
Ever since the one time I saw an antique
Black Dollie at the Greenfield Village museum,
I have wanted one.
But alas a true antique black doll is worth
thousands of dollars...something even this
antique dealer wishes she could get her hands on.
I was once again perusing these dollies on Pinterest,
and decided to make another one for myself.
I tried to be as primitive as I could with my stitches.
Made her dress a plain grungy brown check.
Her scarf a red grungy print.
However I keep looking at her every night after work,
and I think her dress needs a little more OOMPF.
So please if you have any suggestion, please let me know.
Well today will be a mix of freezing rain to rain.
Have to leave early for work now.
But it soon will be the weekend!
Any plans for your weekend?
Black Dollie Blessings To All!