Matching pair of dolls wearing traditional formal winter dress of Bahrain. This type of doll is made in India but dressed to represent the arab Kingdom of Bahrain, an island country in the Persian Gulf. The male is wearing a cloak or bisht for formal occasions over a black cotton shirt and trousers. The headscarf called ghutra is held in place by the agal, a thick double black cord. The female is wearing a black cloak called abaya over western style clothing. A veil covers her face.
Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!
Object Arab dolls in formal attire Origin Bahrain Culture Unknown Medium Pressed material, fabric, wire, ribbon, cord Mark or Tag None Made in India Size H 30 cm Dated Not dated Acquired Online end 1990's
Here's a postcard that matches these dolls. It shows how the people living in Bahrain are dressed in their traditional costume.
Text on the front of the postcard: 'Bahraini (Background refinery)'. Postmark unclear. No visible date.