Ecuador Doll Azuay Province Cuenca Hatter

Doll marked ‘Chola Cuencana – Ecuador’ on her stand. Meaning that she is a peasant woman of mixed race from the Cuenca canton (Azuay province). In this region chola is the name given to mestiza, women of European and indigenous American descent. She is holding two unfinished woven toquilla straw hats and a bunch of straw so that indicates she is a hatter. These hats are also called Panama hats but they originate from Ecuador. Unfortunately her outfit has faded a lot, the skirt originally was green and the shawl pink or red. The hats also have lost color.

Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!


Object National costume doll
Origin Ecuador, Azuay province, Cuenca
Culture Mestizo
Medium Fabric, paper maché, ribbon, straw, wood
Mark or Tag On stand
Made by Unknown
Size H 17 cm
Dated Not dated
Acquired Fleemarket end 1990's or early 2000's


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

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

Happy collecting,