Preparing For Your BSJ Doll Making Journey: Essential Tools

A BSJ BLACK CLOTH (RAG) DOLL MAKING HISTORY MOMENT: When Black people were enslaved in America, we were denied many of the simple pleasures of life. However through skill, ingenuity and creativity, Black mothers found ways to provide dolls for their daughters. Mothers saved bits and scraps of cloth, gathered pieces from nature, and secretly rescued/recycled from the slaveholder’s rubbish. They used whatever they could to create dolls for their daughters. The daughters in turn learned from their moms and continued to evolve the art as more resources became available. Thus over the years, the legacy of black cloth doll folk artists has become an important and rich part of our culture and

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