Nila by Janci Dolls

Name:  Nila

Made by and When:  Janci Dolls, 1995

Material:  Carved wooden head, lower arms, and lower legs; brown doe-suede cloth body, upper arms, and upper legs

Marks: The back of the neck reads, © / 1995 /  JS  Jancie  NE

Height: 14 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black braided synthetic wig with straight bangs adorned with multiple colored beads and a burgundy, yellow, and green ribbon bow; brown painted eyes, carved facial features with dark lip color

Clothes: Wears a kente-cloth-print dress with ribbons that match the hair bow; the ribbons are woven into the bodice and stream from it; white cotton half-slip, white pantalettes, white socks, and black patent-leather Mary-Jane-style shoes.

Other: A full-size image of Nila is featured on a 24 x 11-inch poster published by Scott Publications in the June/July 1996 issue of Contemporary Doll Collector magazine. Janci dolls were carved by Jill Sanders (JS) and Nancy Elliott (NE) whose initials are on the doll’s neck. Black versions of Janci Dolls are rarely found in today’s market.



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