Namibia Okahandja Herero People
Herero woman in Victorian style dress from Namibia. This type of dress is derived from the early 20th century gowns worn by the wives of the German missionaries working in that area during the German colonization. These gowns evolved to colorful voluminous rounded dresses resembling healthy cows and the headdress is shaped like a cowhorn, reflecting the importance of cattle to the Herero people. Patchwork dresses are every-day dresses, while garments made of only one material are worn at special occasions.
This doll in particular is dressed for Herero Day held in Okahandja once a year to remember the chieftains that died during the Herero Wars against the Germans (1904–1908). Size 32 cm. No marks.