Everyone recognises the rag doll as a children's toy, so named because it was traditionally home-made from spare scraps of material and was often stuffed with scraps of material, too. For many the term rag doll conjures up an image of security, comfort, love and hugs.
However, other dolls that do not follow this conventional description quite happily fall into the ‘rag doll’ category. So, perhaps a better definition for them would be that they are ‘dolls made for children entirely from cloth with textile embellishments’.
Edith Flack Ackley was well known for her rag doll designs in 1920s and 1930s and still has a popular following today.