Doris McGillan & Heritage Designs

Doris McGillan Catalog


       Since 1992 founder and artist Doris McGillan has lived her dream through her ethnic dolls which have graced the pages of numerous publications and news media. She has achieved Hall of Fame honors and elite craftmenship through Heritage Designs which celebrates African and African American culture and history. Her dolls are more than art, they are  teaching tools which each tell their own individual story.


     Doris McGillan, artist and missionary created Heritage Designs’ Ethnic Dolls.  She is a self – taught artist who majored in business at Indiana University.  She has traveled the globe acquiring a vast reservoir of culture and spiritual knowledge. Each doll is dressed in luxurious, authentic African fabric and conveys the rhythm and movement of the culture represented.  The distinct music and power of African rhythms inspire the flow of the attire and body position. She has numerous awards including juried status - PA Guild of Craftsmen; Art and Culture Award 1993 – The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.; The Ben Award (Best Entrepreneur) – Chester County Chamber of Commerce, 1996; Inducted into the Leo Moss Black Doll Hall of Fame, 1998; commissioned to design a collection for First Lady Hilary Clinton, 2000; featured in the Craft Report Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Prime Time Television.

Product information

The Mud Cloth Collection represents the beautiful people in Mali.  This designer collection is cloths worn to weddings, special occasions and funerals.  It is truly an art form sort after by both men and women. 

The cotton fabric is cut in six inch strips and sewn together.  It is dyed with juices from berries and mud blended together. Decorative and significant designs are put on the fabric and it is laid in the sun to dry.  Initially this art from was done only by men, but the strong demand for it required the entire family to become involved.

The Marketplace Collection is a kaleidoscope of color and excitement. Women are dressed in beautiful traditional colors and fabrics. Children accompany their parents to the markets when school is not an option. Here they learn survival skills and trades.


The Designer Collection includes the traditional cloths worn by the royal family, priest, tribal attire and specail ceremonies. The Designer Collection includes the Bamboo collection.


The African American Trailblazers Collection was inspired by the question of an inquisitive young student. "The Cotton Picker" represents a woman who is dragging a bag of cotton with her baby atop, depicting the struggles of mothers during and after slavery in their efforts to keep their children safe while toiling in the cotton fields. "The Quilter" pays homage to Harriet Tubman, abolistionists and Quakers who led the runaway slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The Quilter and Cotton Picker are limited editions and were inducted into the Hall of Fame for Dolls.

Heriage Designs

The Art form

Doris McGillan doesn’t fit the image of a doll maker, nor do her dolls fit the classic doll mold.  They are at once beautiful and moving, evocative of thousands of years of culture, African and African American.

McGillan’s dolls are like precious sculptures and works of art, rather than playthings.  All are dressed in luxurious, authentic African fabric that is finished with a designer formula so that they seem porcelain-like.

Upcoming Events

October 4th-7th 2009 10:00am-6:00pm

Saint James Art Festival 

3rd Street section

Booth number 830B 

P.O. Box 3804
Louisville, KY 40201  
Phone (502) 635-1842

October 9-10th 2009 10am-9pm

Black Doll Show & Sale 

The Prince George Mall

3500 East West Highway, Hyattsville MD

FREE admission

(301) 649-1915


November 1-2 2009  10am-6pm

 14th Crafts on Stage

The performing Arts Center

735 Anderson Hill Road Purchase, NY 10577

(914) 251-6200


December 4th-6th 2009 11:00am-6pm

Crafts at the Cathedral 

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025



For further information and purchases, please visit the following links below

Heritage Designs 725 westcroft place West Chester PA 19382

home 610-399-0753

Cell 610-500-1551