Two BJD Dolls with African-American Hair (Blond-Dreadlocks)

First Ladies (BJD)

These are the first three dolls made by Nadia Francis. When Nadia started The Black Doll Project it took 2 years of learning, experimentation, trial and error to produce the 1st ball jointed dolls (BJD). The first doll was of caramel complexion and featured a pregnant belly that detached to reveal a baby and gold spoon inside. After the first doll she made a dark chocolate and a honey complexion doll. She made a variety of wigs for the dolls out of human hair, human locks, wool, yarn and synthetic hair. She made clothes out of batik, kente and ankara fabrics. The dark chocolate doll was dressed in a black and gold top, kente bottom and black gold and kente shoes. Her look and style would be the inspiration for Lady Iyah. The first dolls had different joints, hands, feet and eyes than Lady Iyah. Lady Iyah can sit up more upright and is more realistic than the First Ladies. The First Ladies have been exhibited at local and international juried art exhibits. They are available for exhibition.

Black Doll (bjd) Front Close Up 300

Lady Iyah (OOAK)

Lady Iyah is 14.5” tall and made of pigmented high quality resin. She is painted dark chocolate and blushed with rosy and deep brown pigments to produce a beautifully flesh-like finish. She is a mixed media sculpture and a OOAK ball jointed doll (BJD). Her body is made of 20 segments featuring realistic details like carefully sculpted lines on the palms of her hands and fingers. The artist does not sensor her body by removing nipples or vulva. Lady Iyah is very poseable; she can sit up straight, cross her legs and has a human-like range of motion at the elbows and knees.

She is packaged in a handmade, black, wooden box lined with golden satin. The package includes a detachable crown-like wig with hair jewelry, a high shoulder kente top and red polka dot bottoms. It also includes gold hoop earrings (that attach to her magnetized ears), gold bangles, a red beaded anklet and red, gold and black shoes with kente insoles. A signed certificate of authenticity is included. Her body eyes, wig, clothing, jewelry, shoes and packaging are all meticulously handmade by artist Nadia Francis as a part of The Black Doll Project. Nadia doesn’t work with any manufacturers or casting companies; everything, including molds, is made in her home. As everything is handmade, it takes weeks to make a single set and no two are exactly the same.