Black Owned Doll Companies and Doll Makers Worldwide
Dolls have been used for many years and for various reasons. The earliest dolls found date back to the ancient civilization of Egypt. Today there are many black owned doll companies worldwide that artistically capture black culture and its beauty. These companies are taking the industry by storm!
Double Dutch Dolls: This Company is located in Marietta, Georgia and was established in 2013. Based on the book series, Double Dutch Dolls are African American, Hispanic, Biracial, and Multiracial. Dolls and accessories are made for girls ages 8 and up. Dolls can be purchased online.
Queens of Africa Dolls: “What better way to reinforce strength within our kids than through playing and learning” this site boasts! Nigerian based, this company also features dolls based on their book series. These dolls are said to be very popular and are outselling Barbie dolls in Nigeria. Dolls are available online.
Toys like Me: Started by an African American father, this company’s goals are to create products for brown skin children that build character, self esteem and self awareness. From the beautiful mermaid princess to the unique handcrafted doll backpacks, they are truly worth checking out! Products can be purchased online.
Paddlefoot Dolls & Crafts: Handcrafted dolls are available in many skin tones and designs. They also carry accessories like key chains, brooches, purse charms and more! You can find them and their amazing reviews on Facebook.
Trinity Designs: This Company is in Texas and crafts 16 inch collectible dolls. Their upcoming Natural hair Divas are an addition to their collegiate sorority sister’s collection. These dolls inspire youths to love the skin they’re in. They can be purchased online.
EthniDolls: Created by two Ethiopian women in 2003, this company captures African heritage, culture and history. These dolls are beautifully crafted with traditional adornments and designs worn by Ethiopian woman throughout history and in today’s modern society. The company also offers storybooks and audio books. Products can be purchased online.
Positively Perfect Dolls: Founded in 2010, this company was started by a mom to inspire young girls. You can easily find these dolls in both Target and Wal-Mart as well as online. The company’s mission is to “encourage dreams, promote intelligence, challenge perception and open hearts to all types of beauty.” Dr. Lisa is truly doing that through the early developmental years and with her beautiful creations!
Natural Girls United: Founded by Karen Byrd, this company brings a positive view to ethnic beauty. By creating dolls that look like our young girls, they teach that our beauty is beautiful. Their dolls feature all types of natural hair styles and can be purchased online.
Herstory Doll: Each Herstory Doll comes with a Herstory notebook and writing utensil encouraging creative writing ideas. The company is also working on boy characters as well. The current line features three skin tones and hair textures and will be releasing more soon according to their website.