5/14/09 at 11:22 AM
Today in bizarre byproducts of globalization: black Barbies with blue eyes clad in African wraps. OK, this ain't a post about PPIP or renminbi, but I couldn't resist.Here's the back story from the photographer, who snapped this shot at a women's conference in Liberia recently. Turns out, they aren't actual Barbies, but $1 plastic dolls from Japan that the designer buys from a discount chain store in Texas, where she lived during Liberia's long civil war. After she dresses them up in lapa garb, most of which is manufactured in China, she sells them in Monrovia for $25, mostly to NGO types. I don't know what exactly all of that says about the interplay of global and local economic forces, but whatever the case, it sure produces nifty products.By the way, the photographer runs an excellent blog of her own here, in case you're interested in checking out more of her stuff--photos, interviews, etc.