Happy Kwanzaa!

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Happy Kwanzaa!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 27, 2021

Yesterday was the first day of Kwanzaa, the annual celebration of African American heritage, unity, and culture.
This cloth doll was made by Phyllis Chatham of Minneapolis in 2012 to celebrate Kwanzaa, using mainly African fabrics. The dress is mainly orange with multicolored strips and a matching crown.
From the artist's statement: "This is a chitchat doll - a celebration of life, capturing cultural reflections. Cloth doll making is the art of healing; a journey celebrating the human spirit."