This type of doll really has its roots in history (The British Museum has a Roman rag doll dating back to 300BC). Raggedy Ann must be the most recognisable form of this doll in most recent history. They are a toy that can be crafted from just scraps of material (and some considerable sewing talent) and transformed into virtual works of art. The handmade element is particularly appealing to me, each with their own story to tell.
These wonderful Etsy artists have created some of the most delightful versions of the rag doll, each and every one has a special character all of their own.