Monday, August 24, 2015

Words from Jendayi Iyi

I have admired Mama Jendayi for many years because she always looked like African Royalty. She possess a personal radiance that immediately brightens every room she enters.  Her natural long locks wrapped beautifully under her Gele (African Head Wrap) is her trademark, however. When I discovered that she redressed dolls to reflect her image that's when my admiration for her tripled.
(Mama is a word of endearment used as form of respect ...) 
Words from Mama Jendayi:
Dolls have always had an important role in our lives. Many of us were emotionally attached to our dolls and their play value served as a source of pure joy. Self love is nurtured when we learn through doll play to nurture that which reflect ourselves. Our imaginations soared as we imagined all the possibilities life had to offer. Dolls have a long rich history and within them tell a story according to the times they existed in. As adults, the inner child still remains and fond memories are tapped into.
We now can appreciate the artistry in dolls and the different nuances they express.
I am looking forward to this year's 2015 Detroit Doll Show. I know it will be an uplifting fun experience with dolls and doll artists having a wide appeal to everyone. It's a fun family event sure to leave you smiling. Hope to see you there!
 Redressed Doll by Mama Jendayi
Mama Jendayi's Granddaughter holding her Doll

Photo by David Young and Effects by Steve Novak

The 4th Annual Detroit Doll Show will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 1 pm - 7pm at the Dr. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American Histor, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit MI 48201. To find out more visit

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