Ecuador Dolls Azuay Province Cuenca Market Vendors

Matching pair of peasant dolls from the Cuenca canton in the Azuay province in Ecuador. The female is wearing the typical skirt of the region, machine embroidered with flowers and with a scalloped edge. She is holding an unfinished woven toquilla straw hat so that indicates she is a hatter. These hats are also called Panama hats but they originate from Ecuador. Her basket is empty. She carries a baby in her shawl. The male has a woven toquilla straw fan in his basket as well as a wooden tool and some cotton. He also carries a fabric bundle. They look like they are on the way to the market to sell their goods. The male doll is not marked but the female is marked on her stand with ‘Cuenca – Ecuador’ in handwriting.

Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!


Object National costume dolls
Origin Ecuador, Azuay province, Cuenca
Culture Mestizo
Medium Fabric, wire, ribbon, straw, wood, yarn, beads
Mark or Tag On stand
Made by Unknown
Size H 26 cm
Dated Not dated
Acquired Online 2018


No postcard available. There should be a nice postcard here that matches these dolls, 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,