Name:  Malaika

Made by and When:  Shindana, 1969

Material:  Soft vinyl face, plastic body


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.


This Malaika wears a kaftan designed by Aajib for Shindana Toys. This doll’s head bears the same marks as the boxed doll with the exception that the number 9 is replaced with the number 37.

Other Installed Shindana Dolls


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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