Do Black Dolls Matter?

The Struggle Was Real!! Almost every Black mother has heard these words: “You don’t know what I had to go through to get that doll!” That’s what many mothers are telling their now grown daughters as they look over their wonderful caramel and chocolate hued skin tone baby dolls. Black dolls were so rare to many women of […]


Jackie Ormes: The First African-American Female Cartoonist

One of the things we pride ourselves at Dumpling Designs is our positive imagery of African-American youth. We began our journey towards producing items with black cartoon characters by admiring the great work of those who came before us. In this blog we want to focus on Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman cartoonist. Despite her race […]


Zelda Wynn Valdes: African American Fashion Pioneer

On our last blog we focused on a black animator who helped inspired what we do today.  On this blog we want to talk about another African-American icon who helped shape our idea of creating clothes and entering the fashion world. If you have never heard of Zelda Wynn Valdes you will be surprised to […]