|Jamaica souvenir dolls|
In the summer of 2015, I received the following email from a blog follower:
I have two Caribbean dolls and could freely send them your way if this interests you. I think that my grandfather who was born in the late 1800's bought these dolls on a trip. The aprons on the dolls say Jamaica on them. I have no idea about how old they are. They seem old to me.
Let me know. Your blogspot site is amazing.
All the best,
Lesley from Canada
Almost identical, these approximately 12-inch dolls have hand-painted facial features. The clothing and bodies are machine sewn. Faded, but still visible, "Miss Jamaica WI" is written on their aprons. A combination of black twill, muslin, or silk was used for the heads and extremities of both. It appears their makers used what was available, mixing and matching these black fabrics to create the dolls' complexions. One wears two gold-tone hoop earrings. The other wears only one, having lost the other as evidenced by the remaining straight pin that once held the missing earring in place.
They are both well endowed and have baskets of fruit made of ball-shaped materials wrapped with colored corn husks. One basket also includes multicolored pieces of straw or raffia.
As I prepare dolls for an upcoming event, I have decided these two Miss Jamaica souvenir dolls will be included.
I would like to express a long overdue public thank you to Lesley for sending them to me and making their debut at this event possible. Thank you, Lesley!
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