Made by and When: Shindana, 1969
Material: Soft vinyl face, plastic body
Marks: 9 / ©1969 / SHINDANA TOYS / DIV. OF OPERATION / BOOTSTRAP INC. / U.S.A.
Height: 15 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Rooted black Afro, brown painted eyes, closed mouth
Clothes: Malaika dolls are dressed in “exclusive Afro American fashions by Aajib.” This doll wears a green and white top, green pants, and black slip-on vinyl shoes.
Other: Malaika, stock No. 1054, was described by Shindana as “a new Afro fashion doll with permanently rooted washable hair in authentic afro style. Malaika is Swahili for angel. Shindana used a variety of different fabrics for Malaika’s clothes as illustrated in the gallery photo of an unboxed doll wearing a kaftan made from a different African-print fabric than the boxed doll’s fashion.
Shindana is the first American doll company to mass-produce Black dolls with ethnically correct facial features.
See other Shindana doll installations at the link below the gallery photos.
Other Installed Shindana Dolls
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