Dominica Dolls Wearing Wob Dwyiet

Two female dolls wearing the ‘Wob Dwyiet’ (Robe Douillete), a Creole dress derived from what the French settlers wore when they permanently came to Dominica from 1690 onwards. Madras – colorful checkered cotton fabric, originally from Madras in India – became part of the Wob Dwyiet later on, end 18th century. The skirt is thrown up over an arm or tucked in the waistband on one or both sides to show the underskirt. The larger doll dressed in Madras has a sticker ‘Dominica’ attached to her shawl. This doll was kindly donated see here.The smaller doll is not marked and came from elsewhere. They both have a cone shaped lower body made of straw.

Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!


Object Caribbean costume dolls
Origin Dominica
Culture Afro-Dominican
Medium Fabric, straw
Mark or Tag Sticker & none
Made by Unknown
Size H 20 & 15 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 Dominica are dressed in their traditional costume.

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

Happy collecting,