Friday, May 18, 2018

Meet Ngana! New Custom Sasha Doll May 2018

(SALE PENDING) It has been several months but I finally completed a new doll.  Meet Ngana. 
Sasha Morgenthaler often enjoyed designing her dolls after literary characters.  Ngana (N-gana) was inspired by the musical South Pacific.  The show, which debuted around the same time as Sasha Morgenthaler began creating her dolls, in 1949, centered around American troops stationed in the South Pacific.  The central character, Nellie Forbush, meets and falls in love with a French plantation owner, Emile, who lives on the island, but when she finds out that his deceased wife was a Polynesian woman with dark skin  and that his two children, Ngana and Jerome are of mixed race, she struggles with her inner conflict of racial prejudice seeded in her from her upbringing in Arkansas.  While she is charmed by the innocence and sweetness of Emile's children, she cannot get past the fact that their mother was "colored" as she calls it.  After breaking off their engagement, Nellie realizes how shallow her beliefs are, overcomes the hatred of racism, and embraces Emile and his two children as her new family.  Rogers and Hammerstein made a strong statement about the senselessness of racism at the same time that Sasha Morgenthaler was at the beginning of creating dolls that celebrated the universality of all children and races.

Ngana began as a 1970's Sasha in need of a makeover.  She has been repainted and her features sealed.  Her wig is a real new mohair wig from Kemper. I enjoyed using this natural fiber on this doll as Sasha's studio dolls had natural fiber wigs.
Ngana's dress is handmade and embellished with various beads and stones from her island home and she has a colorful ankle bracelet.  Her eyes are dark gray/blue and her hair is dark and curly.

Ngana is a one of a kind and can never be exactly duplicated.  She comes signed on her foot and includes an identification paper.   Ngana is $310 and international shipping is available.  I am paypal verified and all orders have tracking.  I may be contacted here

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