DOLL MAKING STORY
The Abayomi doll originates from the Yoruba culture in West Africa. During the transatlantic slave trade, African mothers would sometimes take pieces of cloth from their skirts and make these dolls to remember their children and generate hope. The dolls became symbols of resistance. People throughout the African diaspora continue this doll-making tradition to affirm cultural connections to the past and embody this resilient spirit for future generations.
MAKING THE DOLL
Making your own Abayomi doll is fun and simple. You can upcycle any fabric or use a piece that holds special meaning to you. Think about how to fashion your Abayomi to commemorate an important event or memorialize someone you hold dear. Find activity instructions here in English, Spanish and Chinese.