Photos and description of the some of the doll artist
Malika Karunja was born Deborah VonHendricks in 1948.
An only child of Ruth who was a seamstress. Malika loved to sew and create things. When she was 11 years old Barbie came on the scene and Debbie was in doll heaven. She couldn't wait until school was out and homework done. She would go in her room and start creating clothes for Barbie , Skipper, Francine, Madge & Ken. As years went by she put her dolls away, got married and had three beautiful children. She bought her only daughter Princess all sorts of dolls, mostly black, because when Malika was growing up she only had one black doll, and that was a 1951 Saralee Negro Doll, inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt , Ralph Bunch, Mrs. Crèche. It wasn't until 1996 that Malika joined the UFDC , a year after her mother had passed that Malika started really collecting dolls by artist that she really wanted in her collection, but it wasn't until she meet a well known doll writer & blogger, that she wanted to get her own story dolls out there.