Momma and I have become increasingly interested in Carpatina Dolls since Ana Ming arrived, so we asked her to tell us more about herself and the Carpatina line.
Founder Mikaela Hinkle was born in Romania and immigrated to the United States in 1993. By 1996 she was working for Childhood Companions (which made doll lines including Stardust Classics, and Little Sisters) using her degree in Textile and Apparel Engineering.
Carpatina Renaissance, a line of fine apparel for adults was founded by Hinkle in 1998 and named after her beloved Carpathian Mountains.
Incorporated in 2002, Carpatina LLC introduced a line of 18 inch vinyl-bodied dolls called Fantasy Adventures® in July 2002.
The Girlfriends Collection® was launched a year later. Clothing from the Girlfriends Collection fits 18 inch cloth-bodied dolls, such as American Girl.
One of the things I like about Carpatina (other than the quality!) is the imagination.
According to the story, Great-Aunt Cordelia once gave cousins Ana Ming, Julia, and Kohanna each a Magical Moonstone Necklace which transports the wearer back in time.
The ancient Orient fascinates Ana Ming; the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and fairy tales fascinate Julia; while Kohanna likes to transport herself into the books she adores.
And steampunk! Don't forget their Steampunk Adventures!