I love creating unique and original, custom-designed dolls to fulfill your heart's desires!
When I was a little girl growing up in the 70's, some of the only dolls that looked like me -with latin-American features- were the handmade, rag dolls made by the Mexican indigenous women, found in the markets of San Angel, in Mexico City. The cute dolls had brown skin, black eyes, and black hair with beautiful colored ribbons woven into them. My mother bought me several of them, and I loved them! (My childhood dolls are pictured at right)
These dolls borrowed designs from the Mazahua and Otomi people in the states neighboring Mexico City, where I grew up. Seeing the destitute state of the local women in the city, who were limited to selling candy on the streets as a means to support themselves, Guadalupe Rivera, the daughter of muralist Diego Rivera started a program designed to help the local economy, by teaching the women to make and sell dolls.
The dolls I make today are influenced, in part, by these indigenous Mexican dolls of my childhood, which represented a culture that ordinarily went underrepresented in regular toy stores.
If you also belong to a particular ethnicity, gender, religious tradition or group that you would like to see represented in a doll, I would love to create that dolly for you! Or, perhaps you have a special theme, mythical personality, holiday or other original idea you'd like me to engage when making a custom doll for you. If so, I'll do my best to fulfill your heart's desire.
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