Senegalese Family

Name:  Senegalese Family

Made by and When: Senegalese artisans, late 1990s/early 2000s

Material:  Cloth, wire, thread

Marks: Unmarked

Height: The adults are 10 inches; the smallest girl is 6 inches, and the taller sister is 7 inches.

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: All except one of the sisters with synthetic braids have cloth-covered heads with scarves for the women and a kufi for the man. Horizontal stitches with one vertical center stitch create the signature Senegalese doll eyes. The mouths are horizontal red stitches.

Clothes: The dolls are dressed in a variety of authentic African fabrics. In addition to a kufi, the man also has a pouch.

Other: Handmade by artisans in Senegal as souvenir dolls that represent a Senegalese family, they are made of cloth over a wire armature for posing.

Gallery (The photos are courtesy of Marie.)


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