I spend way too much time on Etsy. I stumbled upon thehandmadeproject when I searched the site for the term biracial. The picture above is one of her beautiful dolls. I contacted thehandmadeproject and asked her for the story behind her dolls. Below is her response. Enjoy.
Thank you for your interest in my dolls and my creation process. I started making dolls when I became pregnant with my now four-year-old. Although my parents rarely talk about it, our ethnic background is multiracial and that is a concept that intrigues people. For years people have commented on my features, my natural hair (that has been called “good” by some and “nappy” by others) and how my skin can vary greatly depending on the season.
When I had my daughter I was prepared to raise and love a deep brown baby as her father has black-brown skin, but what we were not ready for was a peach-white, freckled baby with steel-blue eyes. After convincing her father that this indeed was his daughter I was shocked to learn how fluid ethnic features can be.
When I make a doll I combine skin tone, textures, and features–and leave any intentions out of the process because I want the doll to best represent the child and not an intended category. As a result I’ve had dolls sent to Thailand, purchased especially for their dark skin, and bought because it’s hard to find multiethnic dolls. And that makes me happy.