NATIONS OF THE WORLD UNITED
It seems that
ethnic dolls have been pushed aside in the world of doll collecting, but these dolls are still a great favourite of mine,
they are my "Nations of
the World United in Peace".
My collection started many
years ago when I was filled with dreams of travelling to far away places and an intense desire to learn about the people who
lived there. Opportunity knocked when I came across a pen pal column in "Junior Digest", and with address in hand I made my
first trip across the world to Japan via the mails.
Through this contact I acquired
my first doll which was a Japanese wooden Kokeshi doll. And so, I began a doll collection. Each year I added more and more
dolls. My collection became a varied one consisting of national costume, historical, artist, modern, and antique dolls.
Personally I prefer
International and Regional costume dolls, as our world past and present are recorded in these little dolls, they are a wonderful
teaching tool, history, geography and cultural studies are a never ending fascination to the ethnic doll collector. I
think these very colourful and richly attired dolls deserve more than a second glance.