However, today it is common for the Amish to buy or make dolls with faces, and there are examples of Amish dolls with faces sewn or drawn on dating back to 1900. Today, Amish children are sometimes given modern dolls with faces that are then dressed in Amish clothing, or have dolls made with faces. There are some examples of Amish rag dolls with faces either drawn or sewn on them. Some modern porcelain dolls are even dressed as Amish children with detailed, molded faces.
There is plenty of proof that indicates that the tradition of the faceless doll is partially promoted to bolster the cottage industry of doll making for tourists.
A popular and bestselling author, Amy Lillard, has an Amish friend Sadie. She answers questions and Amy posts her answers on her website. Someone asked Sadie if their Amish children only play with faceless dolls.
Sadie said, "I am Old Order Amish and in my community I don’t know of anyone whose children play with a faceless doll. In fact, American Girl dolls are what a lot of the girls play with. There are often tea parties held where the girls bring their dolls and have tea together with their friends. There are also some Amish women who make Amish clothing to fit the American Girl dolls."
I'm sure there might be Amish communities where they only believe in giving faceless dolls to their children, but it's not as common any longer.
In my future Amish books, I'll have Amish dolls with faces.
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