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Updated: September 6, 2015

Current Exhibit:
Sasha's Existentialists
All about Sasha's modern, groovy teens.

For Knitters

Visit the Kits and the Patterns pages, to find nifty items to knit for Sasha, Gregor and Baby.
Colorful Hats for Sasha & Gregor on the Patterns page.


Self-Help Care for Sasha Dolls offers how-to-do-it advice and tips on the care and preservation of your Sasha.

Photographs and text at this website are copyrighted.
© Susanna Lewis, 2014.


This Sasha doll is from the first Götz production of the 1960's. She wears corduroy farm pants, white blouse, duffle coat and sandals, and the Sasha tag on her right wrist. She is one of the first serie dolls of 1965.


A picture catalog of all the Sasha dolls from the 1990s Götz production (1995 - 2001) can be seen here. The dolls are grouped year by year, with their names and style numbers, in photos you can print.


The three Sasha books can be ordered on the Sales page.

Sasha Dolls: The History 

Sasha Dolls: Clothing and Patterns

Sasha Dolls: Serie Identification

What are Sasha Dolls?    
   Sasha dolls were created by the late Sasha Morgenthaler (1893 - 1975), a Swiss artist and artisan. She was also a humanitarian and a keen observer of all the world's children. Her vision was to create dolls that represented and reflected the spirit of children of all races and cultures during their age of innocence.

   A protégé of Paul Klee and a contemporary of Karl Geiser, Sasha had formal schooling in painting and sculpture, married the painter Ernst Morgenthaler, and was active in European artistic and social movements. Beginning in the 1940s until her death in 1975, Sasha created one-of-a-kind 20" cloth, gypsum, and plastic dolls in her studio. She travelled the world extensively, studying children of all racial, cultural, and economic groups to portray in her dolls. These dolls are considered museum-quality works of art, created by an artist who turned to doll-making to portray her vision. During her lifetime, Sasha's dolls were sold from her studio and through the Heimatwerk shops in Switzerland. In the USA, Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago exhibited and sold her dolls.

   But the dolls Sasha created for children to play with, were too expensive for most families. Her dream was to make an inexpensive play doll that would have universal appeal for all children. Her dream came true in the mid 1960s when she developed the design for the 16" serie play-dolls, manufactured in Germany and England, that became so popular around the world during the 1960s - 1980s. These serie dolls possess some unique features: they have beautifully stylized body parts that are in quarter scale, asymmetrical, and in realistic proportion, like real humans. They are perfectly balanced and can assume many poses without a doll stand - they can even stand on their heads! Their skin colorings are blends of all skin colorings, to represent all the children of the world, and they have individually hand painted faces with receptive expressions, each one ready to reflect whatever mood its child will give it.

   There have been three productions of serie Sasha dolls, made by two different companies. Götz-Puppenfabrik GmbH of Rödental, Germany made Sasha dolls from 1965 - 1970, and again from 1995 - 2001. Frido/Trendon/Sasha Dolls Ltd of Stockport, England made Sasha dolls from 1966 - 1986. The dolls from the three productions have similar vinyl bodies and heads, with rooted nylon hair and painted eyes and lips, but differ in style and face painting. The German Sashas from both productions are marked on their backs and necks with the Sasha logo, while the English dolls are unmarked. All Sasha dolls wear wrist tags on their right wrists - a string with a little medallion bearing the Sasha logo. The early German Sashas are more plentiful in Europe than in America, while the reverse is true for the English dolls. Dolls from the most recent German production can be found everywhere.

   In the past, Sasha's one-of-a-kind studio original dolls from her own personal collection were housed at the Sasha Morgenthaler Puppenmuseum, in the Bärengasse Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. Now, the Sasha collection has been closed, and is being exhibited from time to time at different venues, until a new permanent location can be found for the collection. The book Sasha Puppen / Sasha Dolls by Stefan Biffiger (see just below) pictures the dolls that were housed at the Puppenmuseum, and also contains essays about her life and work.

At this time three new, very comprehensive full color books about Sasha dolls have been published. There are also older, out of print books you can find on the secondary market. Click here for Books.

For those who want to find more pictures and information about Sasha dolls, a bibliography of articles published in American magazines is provided for your own research. Many of these magazines can be found for sale on eBay. Click here for the Bibliography.

fraternal twins

Fraternal Twins: No two Sasha dolls are ever exactly alike. These two Brunette Ginghams from the English production, date from late 1968. They have side parted hair and thin wispy bangs.

Communicate with other Sasha-lovers!

Online Bulletin Boards

We have two Yahoo bulletin boards, and three Facebook groups open to friendly and helpful people who love Sasha Dolls. Come and join us and talk about everything Sasha. We welcome beginner and experienced collectors alike!
   Yahoo: The Sasha Doll Mailing List
   Yahoo: The Sasha Mart
   Facebook: Sasha Morgenthaler Doll
   Facebook: Sasha Dolls and Friends
   Facebook: Sasha Dolls Clothers Handmade Fans

Sasha Newsletter
Sasha Friends is published four times a year, by Chris Kading and Sharon Sams. $20.00/4 issues USA. $25.00/4 issues Canada and Foreign.
Subscription Address: Sharon Sams, 304 12th Ave NW, Altoona IA 50009.
For questions about subscriptions, email
kading@att.net or sharon_sams_2000@yahoo.com.
This newsletter is written, edited and published by Chris and Sharon especially for Sasha collectors. It is twelve pages with photos and includes news, articles of interest to collectors, details about local and national Sasha events, a sewing or knitting pattern, and advertisements for Sasha-related items.

The Sasha Festival

Every year Sashaphiles from here and abroad gather for a weekend of fun and comraderie. The gathering place is in a different location each year. The next Festival will be held in
Rochester, New York, July 7-10, 2016. It is hosted by Sheila Foery.  If you live or plan to vacation in this beautiful portion of the American Northeast, do not miss this event! Information about the festival and registration will be posted late autumn 2015 at the festival website.
     The planning for future Festivals is all ready underway:
      2017 - Washington D.C., hosted by Norvelle Jones.
      2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota,  hosted by Diane Nyberg.
      2019 - Cincinnati, Ohio, hosted by Heidi Wheeler.
      2020 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hosted by Lauri, Gabby and Gracie Bolland.

Boys in short trousers

In the classic Sasha style, here are three boys in short trousers, one from each Sasha production. At left is Gregor Shorts of late 1967 from the English production. In the center is a Schoolboy of 1967 from the first Götz production, and at the right is David of 1996, from the second Götz production.


More websites about Sasha Dolls:
(arranged alphabetically within groups)

Businesses - Sasha Retailers

Donna's Korner Dolls

Let's Play Dolls (Nancy Miller)

Sasha Dolls UK (Shelly Baxter)
Suburban Treasure (Kelly Wenarsky)
The Sasha Doll Store (Sophia Coleman)

Businesses - Sasha Clothing
Beverly's Doll & Bear Boutique
Designs by Judy
Doll Works
Dolly's Designer
Free Doll Clothes Patterns
Knitted and Sewn Clothes for Sasha Dolls
Sasha's Seamstress
Macon Street Studio
Morrissey Company
Rosie Bloom
Ruthsdolls Clothes for Sasha
Sasha Craft Cottage
Sasha Doll Clothes
Sasha Dolls Boutique
Sasha Online Clothes Patterns
Sasha's Closet
Sasha's Garden
Sewing and Knitting for Sasha
Simply Grace Designs
The Linen Cupboard

Related Sites
Clotilde (sewing supplies)
Patternworks (knitting supplies)
Antina's Doll Supplies

Twin Pines of Maine (archival doll supplies)

Personal Blogs and Websites, for Sasha Business and Pleasure
Absolutely Sasha
Allegro Melody Art Dolls
Barbara's Sasha Dolls
Becky Pavely Sasha page

Carol Zody's website
Cathy's Little World
Cats and Sashas
Cecilia Aragon Sasha Page
Jesse Schell, A Boy Doll Diary
Jean Jensen Shoe Museum
Kendal's Sasha Brood
Lisa's Hospital for Dolls
Made 4 Sasha
Made With Love For Sasha Dolls
Margaret Williams Sasha page
Marie Morgan website
Melody Mock's Customized Dolls
Mikki's Sasha Dolls
Sasha Commoneo

Sasha Dolls UK
Sasha Doll Musings
Sasha, Gregor & Co.
Sasha Puppen!

Sasha Puppen Klinik
Sasha, Sasha, Sasha

Sasha Secrets
Sasha Shangri-La
Sasha Street
Sasha Street Shop
Sasha's Village
Sharon in Spain
Spring Valley Studios Custom Dolls
Twizels Sasha Emporium
Vintage Sasha
WPooh's Corner

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