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Gift shop selling golliwog doll backs artist as racism debate reignites

The two golliwog dolls up for sale at the Kaiapoi Collective in North Canterbury.

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The two golliwog dolls up for sale at the Kaiapoi Collective in North Canterbury.

When Jacqui Buchanan was given two handmade dolls to sell in her North Canterbury shop, she did not anticipate a backlash.

Buchanan is the face behind The Kaiapoi Collective – a gift shop giving retail space to more than 60 local groups and individuals to sell their creations.

On Friday she advertised the dolls on her Facebook page.

“Beautiful, handmade dolls only two in stock,” the post read, above a photo of two golliwogs.

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Golliwogs are made from black fabric and have black eyes bordered with white, red lips, white teeth, frizzy hair and minstrel

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