South Africa Dolls KwaZulu-Natal Zulu People
Two female cloth dolls representing the Zulu people who mainly live in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. They both have the original paper tag attached which reads ‘The S.A. Red Cross Society Durban. This is a product of the Red Cross Rehabilitation Centre. We thank you for purchasing it and hope that you and your friends will continue to support us.’ On the back of the labels is handwritten text. For the doll on the left that is ‘Name of Doll, Buyisiwe, Brought Back’. On the label of the other doll is the text: ‘Name of Doll, Nokulunga, Goodness’. The red hat is called isicholo and is traditionally worn only by married women. The style of the headdress is usually determined by the clan to which the woman belongs. So Buyisiwe on the left is a married woman and Nokulunga on the right is an unmarried girl.
Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!