This is where it all began.
The Born Global product line had its genesis with these bi-annual collections of Indian-style, doll-sized slow fashion. Our vision behind making them is to provide high-quality, realistic fashions that allow kids to experience and explore a little bit of India from their classrooms or playrooms.
In addition to serving as a portal to India, Born Global outfits can:
Get kids wondering about questions that will lead them down pathways of discovery through science, arts, ancient and modern history, language, geography, economy, and more.
Provide kids of South Asian origin with opportunities to connect with their heritage, and to share about it with their friends
Help kids feel more comfortable around people who wear clothes that are different than what they wear (they may even feel more comfortable wearing their traditional clothing and being the “odd one out”).
Give the fashion designers of tomorrow new fabrics, color combinations, and fashion elements to fuse into new creative combinations.
To encourage reflection on the who, what, when, where, why, how behind the cloth and clothes, each Born Global outfit comes with a doll-sized booklet that includes:
information about the outfit
tidbits of history
a brief Indian language lesson
We proudly make these booklets from 100% recycled paper, cereal boxes, Gütermann’s recycled polyester sewing thread, misprinted documents from our office, and discarded upholstery fabric from a local furniture manufacturer. Just one of the ways we try to reduce the waste collecting in landfills.
FYI, Before You Buy
All our fabrics are pre-washed and pre-shrunk. That means you may not see a "new shine" to our outfits, but you will gain these benefits:
Prevents children being exposed to the irritating substances used in the creation of most fabrics.
Outfits can be washed without any worry about them shrinking or losing their shape (but do follow the individual care instructions to ensure a long life for your outfit).
All our outfits have snaps for fasteners. In our experience playing with dolls, the hook-and-loop tape fasteners generally become less effective over time, while snaps keep snapping. However, this means our outfits have small components to them, so they are not suitable for unsupervised play for children under 5.
To prevent fraying and increase the lifespan of the outfit, all raw edges are finished with zigzag stitching, serging, or interfacing.
Our artisans create these outfits in smoke-free, clean, pet-friendly environments.
We gather our fabrics from three sources:
small remnant pieces from the discard piles of Indian tailors and fabric stores
second-hand clothing cluttering the closets of Indian housewives
select fabrics are purchased from bolt cloth at textile shops around India. (This usually only happens for fabrics we need to complete an outfit, or signature fabrics that are unique to a certain area of the country.)
About Our Artisans
It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes the minds, hands, time, and talents of people on two continents to create our line of Indian-style doll-sized fashion.
The fabric combinations and designs are the brainchild of Anita Singh, long-time-friend of our founder and unofficial fashion adviser for all who know her.
The patterns for our outfits were developed by our production partner, Amy Sharp at Learning Home, in consultation with design consultants from West Virginia and India (including Charlene W., Anita S., Phyllis R., and Pheby S.)
Moriah Sharp, Amy Sharp, and Betty M. (all of Huntington, West Virginia) teamed up to create the outfits in the Parichay Collection and Collection Aik. We look forward to continually expanding our family of artisans and production partners, and are excited to introduce them to you when the time comes.
Last, but not least, are the unknown names of those involved in the creation of the fabrics themselves. We may not know their names, but we know that we owe them heartfelt thanks for their toil and labor to grow, tend, harvest, card, spin, weave, wash, dye, boil, rinse, print, and deliver these beautiful textiles. (Our line of Born Global books are just one small way we can say thank you, by bringing their unseen and forgotten labors into the spotlight.)
About Our Collections
enables our artisans to generate extra income as our production partners, without having to set aside all their other responsibilities (agriculture, childcare, etc).
allows our staff time to collect the finished outfits from our wide-spread artisan base and evaluate any modifications we need to make.
invites our customers (and all of us) to think globally about limited resources, delayed gratification, and the hard-working people behind all the things we buy.
After our introductory collection (Parichay means “introduction” in Hindi), our collections are numbered consecutively (1, 2, 3, etc.) in a variety of Indian languages. (For example: Aik means “one” in Hindi and Eradu means “two” in Kannada)
Parichay Collection (Released in October 2017)
Collection Aik (Released in February 2018)
Collection Eradu (Released in October 2018)
The Back Story
Our founder, Moriah Sharp, traces her international interests and sensitivity to “the other” back to her childhood doll: Kirsten Larsen. Back when immigrant was not a word featured in every other headline, this 18” doll and the stories she came with gave (then 8-year-old) Moriah a taste of immigration, homesickness, culture shock, and cross cultural communication. Growing up in a tiny town in the Cascades and in an industrial town in Appalachia, Moriah didn’t have much exposure to diversity. But playing with Kirsten changed her forever and set her on the course that would lead her to set up English classes for migrant workers, teach English literacy to adult refugees from Africa and Asia, and—eventually--start Seekna Company.
Because Moriah knew how a simple doll outfit can transport us to a different time, place, or experience than our own, she would often search for Indian-style doll clothes to gift to the children in her life. Unable to find any such outfits, and inspired by the quote on her wall (see photo), she decided Seekna should start making them.
And the rest is Born Global history.