The first Jamaican Patois speaking doll was created by a Jamaican teacher living in the United Kingdom and it is doing really well in the country.
"People love that it speaks Jamaican Patois. I've been getting sales from places as far as Australia, Estonia, China, Germany, Scotland, and all these places around the world, which proves there is a very high demand for our Jamaican culture," the doll's creator, Saffron Jackson said.
She officially launched the dark-skinned curly-haired dolls on November 24 at the Jamaican High Commission in the UK, and they were then made available to the pubic online a week later.
"My phone went off non-stop," Jackson said, I was completely sold out over the peak Christmas holiday I even have an order from Miami for 70 dolls she said.
When you squeeze the doll chest whose name is Toya she starts to speak Jamaican Patois.
"Wah gwaan? Weh yaa seh? Wha happen? Me name Toya, and me a wah Zuree Doll from the beautiful island of Jamaica. We have the best beaches and sunshine all through di year," is some of the things the doll can say.
"It sounds entertaining and Jamaican living abroad would like to own one of them to be reminded of a little of home, especially young girls to own a part of their culture
Jackson, a St Catherine, native, explains that she got the idea to create her own doll after becoming pregnant with her daughter. She wanted to give her daughter a doll that looks like her and speaks like her and not many of those are on the market she said
"All the black dolls I came across are not from America and none from the Caribbean and most of them are very ugly so I say to myself why not create my own doll," she said
The Jamaican Patois-speaking doll is the premier product of the Zuree Doll line. According to Jackson, the line produces dolls to represent ethnic diversities.
"The idea behind this is to show little girls that regardless of their skin tone or hair texture, they're indeed beautiful. Hence, the name Zuree. It comes from Swahili, and it means beautiful," Jackson explained.
Jackson is also developing a clothing line for the dolls, which will be done by a designer in Jamaica.
Those hoping to cop one of the Patois-speaking dolls have to come up with £50 (Jmd $7917), which Jackson admits is a bit pricey for the average Jamaican. She said she is working on cutting that price, however, she currently has to outsource manufacturing to China.
Jackson said her aim is to make Zuree Dolls a fixture in all major doll stores worldwide so that all girls can have beautiful dolls that look just like them.