Antigua National Costume Doll

National costume doll from Antigua. Made of stuffed cloth and a coneshaped lower body made of straw. ‘Antigua’ is stitched on her apron. Antigua one of the two major islands of the island country Antigua and Barbuda. In 1992 a competition to design a national dress for Antigua and Barbuda was won by Heather Doram. The dress is based on the post-emancipation period of 1834 (in 1834 all existing slaves were emancipated). The costume consists of a dress made from madras fabric in red, gold and green colors. These colors reflect connectivity to Africa. A white pinafore, a sleeveless dress used as apron, goes over the dress. A madras fabric headscarf completes the outfit. This doll exactly wears this type of dress. It was part of a collection that was kindly donated to me in 2018.

Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!


Object National costume doll
Origin Antigua
Culture Unknown
Medium Fabric, straw, ribbon
Mark or Tag Stitched on
Made by Unknown
Size H 19 cm
Dated Not dated
Acquired Donation 2018


No postcard available. There should be a nice postcard here that matches this doll, to show you how the people living in Antigua are dressed in their traditional costume.

There is nothing suitable in our postcard books at the moment, too bad!

Happy collecting,