Beaded Zulu Doll

Name:  Handmade Beaded Zulu Doll

Made by and When:  1950s by South African Women

Material:  Felt, beads, thread, paint

Marks: None

Height: 9 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The head is covered with a beaded felt traditional Zulu hat. The felt eyes have hand-drawn eyebrows. The nose is hand drawn. Felt was used for the mouth.

Clothes: Wears a beaded felt Zulu hat and a beaded cape, necklace, top, apron, skirt, anklets, and earrings. 

Other: Dolls of this type were used for fertility, healing, courtship, and luck in regions of South Africa. They were traditionally not sold. However, during a special drive for the “Red Cross Society,” the dolls were made in varying sizes and sold for charity. The majority were made during the 1950s to early 1960s in the Durban South Africa region.

This beaded Zulu doll was a gift from Mama Jo’s House of Dolls.



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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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