Name: Reemah Afia
Made by and When: Maakeda Dolls, circa 2016
Material: Vanilla-scented, jointed vinyl
Marks: (Head) Paola Reina / 08-2-J20-VN
Height: 23.5 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Brown rooted Afro, brown stationary eyes, applied upper eyelashes, closed mouth
Clothes/Accessories: The dress, designed by Ghanaian designer Ehon B, is a yellow and orange caftan that originally had a black waist sash. The original sash has been replaced with a gold sash; wears white panties and brown sandals. The pendant necklace and brown sandals were added. The feet were originally bare. A descriptive bi-fold insert and a black plastic brush were included.
Other: London-based Maakeda Dolls used dolls by Paola Reina of Spain to fashion various dolls with ethnically-correct facial features dedicated for use on dolls of African descent. Reemah Afia (also spelled Reema Afia) was available with a choice of brown or black hair and a choice of a green or yellow caftan. Reemah Afia has the usual five points of articulation with additional articulation at the elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles.
Text from the descriptive insert:
My name is Reemah Afia. I’m so excited to get to know you. I will listen to all your secrets and I will tell you mine. Just like yours, my hair is my crown. It needs to be handled with care and attention. When you will take me out of the box, you need to fluff my hair back to [his] luxurious state with the brush that is next to me. Remember! You are beautiful and wonderfully made.
Read more and see more photos of Reemah Afia on the Black Doll Collecting blog.
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