April 26, 2008

Meet Salma, the Indonesian Barbie

As a kid I never played with dolls so much, all I was ever interested in was animals and nature. But my niece, L, is an obsessive compulsive doll/stuff toys collecting. She just collects too many dolls and one of them is Barbie dolls. She did love playing with them, making dress for them, trying different hair styles etc. Of all her Barbie clothing collections, I believe she does not have the one I saw in "Inacraft Fair" today. What sets Salma (the Indonesian Barbie) apart from the original Barbie is that she holds an appeal for Muslim girls with her modest clothing and a colorful headscarves! Her extensive wardrobe has been modernised for the Indonesian market to include batik and other beautiful traditional fabric (kain) from Padang, Palembang and Bali. Giving that not all Indonesian Muslim girls wearing headscarves, I was wondering why the creator did not dress Salma in school uniforms, traditional clothes complete with kebaya and sanggul (knot of hair bun), or dress her up in Balinese dancing costumes which is more beautiful? Salma physical appearance does not look like an Indonesian girl at all, her skin is too fair for a girl who lives in a tropical country. I would prefer an Indonesian Barbie with a light brown complexion, flat nose, full lips, almond eyes and not so tall.

To know more about Indonesian Barbie creator, please read here.

4 comments:

Belle said...

you are right, these salma dolls look more regular barbie dolls dressed in a conservative Indonesian costumes. i think that it would be much prettier and more unique if they used native or local features. i, myself, don't mind getting one, just because it is different from what i see in the market here.

Toni said...

I was working at Barbie before and they had produced some locals Indonesian dolls too, but not as Salma. Those dolls in the pictures are beautiful and stylish. Good to know that Indonesia product is not much different with global producer.

Elyani said...

@Toni : Salma bodies were imported from China, but the costumes are designed and made locally in Indonesia. So you worked at Mattel before? which plant? Jababeka I or II? I went to Mattel one time when one of the end user in production line was looking for vibration isolation pads. From what I heard, those Barbie dolls made in Indonesia are not for Indonesian market but to be exported to overseas.

sima said...

i wonder if they would produce Asmat dolls...
ah ga mungkin amat yach kan mereka wear next to nothing... :)