Souraya Zakharia, a well-known Lebanese doll maker from the 60s was featured in MEA’s Cedar Wings Journal February 1994. Zakharia was a UN arts and crafts marketing consultant and “had collaborated with a number of international locations on conventional folklore preservation in addition to working intently with President Camille Chamoun’s spouse, Sitt Zalfa”.
The story was introduced up by the Lebanese Vogue Historical past web page, and Souraya’s daughter even shared a letter from Jacquelyn Kennedy, the First Girl of the US on the time praising Souraya’s work.
The image of the letter shared is blurry however right here’s what I might learn out of it:
The White Home
March 13, 1963
Expensive Miss Zacharia,
Mrs. Kenneddy has requested me to ship you her sincerest thanks for the gorgeous doll you made for Caroline. It is without doubt one of the most treasured elements of her international doll assortment, and he or she was fascinated by the costumes and native Jewerly. You will need to have labored many hours making this beautiful doll, in her conventional designs of the Bethlehem space.
Mrs. Kennedy sends you her appreciation and her easiest needs.
I discovered a reference to Caroline Kennedy’s well-known international doll assortment however there was sadly no point out of Souraya’s doll within the exhibit. There’s nonetheless a point out of dolls from Jordan however it doesn’t say who did them.
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