The origins of this doll remained a mystery for a long time but she most likely is representing the Xhosa people. The ochre orange color of her skirt and the bag and jewellery strongly suggest Xhosa. She is carrying a baby on the back.
Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!
Object Doll wearing traditional costume Origin South Africa, Eastern Cape Culture Xhosa people Medium Fabric, wire, beads, felt, ribbon Mark or Tag None Made by Unknown Size H 20 cm Dated Not dated Acquired Fleamarket end 1990's
Here's a postcard that matches this doll. It shows how the people living in South Africa are dressed in their traditional costume.
Text on the back of the postcard: 'Transkei Southern Africa. Xhosa villagers - with some dressed in the traditional garb of 'Red Blanket' and a woman smoking the characteristic long-stemmed pipe.' Postmark 1982.