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January 24, 2012

Dolls Celebrate the Year of the Dragon Too!

The Lunar New Year has begun and the festivities will continue for 15 days - in 2012 it is the Year of the Dragon which is a symbol of good fortune and intense power. This is a very important holiday in Asian cultures and DollCloset.com has selected a variety of dolls and doll outfits for this special sale! Pictured above are two 18 inch American Girl Dolls wearing a Vietnamese AoDai and a Korean Hanbok. Very traditional and perfect for the holiday.

Many doll companies offer Asian dolls so that girls can identify with a doll that looks like them. Above is Lou by Corolle - she is a 14 inch Toddler doll and perfect for hugs! Corolle also has a 12 inch Asian baby doll, Calin Yang. Very sweet and on sale.

When it comes to Asian dolls it's important to remember that American Girl has several . . . and we have outfits for them to honor their heritage such as the ones shown here - a kimono and a lovely pink Cheongsam. Both have very authentic details down to the shoes! See our dolls modeling below:

Karito Kids has also included an Asian doll in their catalog ie Ling from China. Unfortunately she and others have been so popular that she is Sold Out until mid 2012!

Madame Alexander always includes a lovely 14 inch baby doll in their line - DollCloset is proud to feature Cozy Kittens for you - adorable!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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January 07, 2012

Dr. Toy and Dolls!

Recently the GIFTS publication featured an article about dolls called "Dolls for a Better Tomorrrow" by Stevanne Auerbach PhD AKA Dr. Toy - we thought it was excellent so here's some parts for you to ponder and enjoy:

"Dolls are one of the most phenomenal sectors of the toy industry. It is a toy category that is enormous for its breadth of choices - from robust baby dolls to shapely designer models and from soft fabric creations to hard action figures. It is also a category that has more influence on society than people imagine. For today's children, especially girls between the ages of 5 and 10, dolls play a key role in their growth and social development. Their play value is endless, providing an experience that includes fantasy play which stimulates the imagination, and role play that builds nuturing, socialization and communication skills.

The role that a doll plays in the personal growth and development of a child used to be much simpler - it was like a best friend who heard their secrets, felt their pain or fear and shared their imaginary adventures. As society has become more complex, the role of dolls and doll play has expanded, incorporating role models, cultural diversity and exposure to environmental social issues. Thus, having the right doll for the right reasons can make all the difference to the chid's ability to learn, adjust, cope and find an ideal occupation.

For their part, doll makers are rising to the challenge of providing dolls for the new generation of child whose doll is more than just an imaginary friend.

Like no other doll, Barbie is an icon recognized around the world. Not only was Barbie ground breaking in the doll world for her idealized, mature figure, she also was one of the first dolls to become a role model and set an example as a career woman, allowing them through play to try on different roles and learn about the possibilities open to them. Over the years, Barbie has had more careers, a larger wardrobe and more pets than any female, real or imaginary. More than a fasionista, she also has taken on the characteristics of other races and cultures. She has remained a major influence for 50 years, even though, with her blond hair and blue eyes, she is not everyone's ideal of beauty.

While Barbie has garnered a lot of attention in the world of dolls, she has come to share the stage with others offering a host of other play values, among them, Cabbage Patch Kids. Though they may not seem pretty, Cabbage Patch Kids are much loved, offer awareness and acceptance of adoption, and because of their hand-finished detail are each uniquely individual, just like every child.

Other dolls joining Barbie and Cabbage Patch to reflect the past and future of society include American Girl, Bratz, Dora the Explorer, Forever Friends, Groovey Girls, Karito Kids, Only Hearts Club and many others. They all provide unique experiences and extended play opportunities for today's kids.

When it comes to choosing a doll, especially for their primary doll, little girls want a doll they can identify with, they want her to look like them, dress like them, and, with today's growing cultural diversity in the US, be their race". . . .

"Many couples who adopt children from other countries help keep the children's culture alive by providing them with dolls that look like them and that also may teach them about their ancestors through books and other products. Kids can also learn about and identify with children from other cultures through the world of dolls. Dolls that reflect society's ethnic diversity help create an environment of culturally diverse play while encouraging identification and positive self-awareness." . . .

"Recognizing the importance of showing ethnic diversity, other companies have followed the lead, among them Corolle, which has expanded its collection to include more represeentations of color and race. Among the newer entries to the marketplace is the Karito Kids line, a collection of dolls representing different countries and ethnicities, which is one of the best lines at capturing the real personalities of children from different countries. Each doll alos comes with a book about its country and culture so that children learn more through reading."

"Laura Rangel, co-creator of Karito Kids, took her line a step beyond cultural diversity; she is using Karito Kids to also teach about giving. Not only does a percentage of the sale of each doll go to help kids in the country represented by the doll, kids can also get more involved through activities on the Karito Kids website."

Even though the doll world operates on fads and cycles, the trend toward creating dolls with socially responsible messages will continue to grow and evolve. Some of the messages may change, and currently popular dolls may change, but diversity is here to stay and our responsibilities to the planet, wildlife and setting examples for children to aspire to will always remain."

End of Article by Stevanne Auerbach Ph.D., author of Smart Play/Smart Toys and Dr. Toy's Guide.

Links to Dolls Shown:

Cloth Raggedy Ann . . . New Pioneer Calico Matching Outfits . . . Corolle Calin Yang for 2011 . . . Lulu from Kenya by Karito Kids . . . Priscilla and John Alden by Ginny Dolls

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