I see a lot of white or cream dolls in tradition Arabic or Indian dress sometimes. I always feel very conflicted about reblogging them. On the one hand, their outfits are beautiful and highly detailed and I appreciate their aesthetic. I’ve always found the cultural dress of India and the Middle East to be very beautiful and appealing.
On the other hand, the dolls are often stark white and it makes me feel like those outfits are culturally appropriative. It isn’t right to plunder the traditional dress of a culture just to make your doll look pretty. If a dark-skinned doll wore the outfit, I would feel a little more at ease. It would look less like a white person stealing the outfits for funsies and more like a person actually paying homage to the culture.
But, of course, I cannot see the doll’s owners. It could very well be a person of color putting their cultural dress on a white doll simply for aesthetic reasons.
It’s a complicated thing.