Germany: Schwarzwald woman (I)

Front view
Front view

General description Doll with costume typical of the Black Forest villages Gutachten, Kirnbach and Reichenbach

Dimensions 16 cm x 11 cm x 8 cm

Date when acquired 1970s

Original Date 1970s

Source Germany. Present from my father.

 

Body

Plastic doll with movable eyes and painted features. Her arms are movable but her legs are rigid. She has long medium-brown hair drawn back from a central parting into two plaits tied with red ribbons.

 

Back view
Back view

Clothing

The doll is wearing a Dirndl with a skirt and waistcoat made of black silky material, white cotton blouse and red silk apron. The skirt has a gold braid just above the hem. A stiff white cotton petticoat with a zig-zag edge peaks out from under the hem. The waistcoat has a square neck edged in the same gold braid as the skirt. A black yoke fills in the neckline. The short sleeves of her blouse are puffed and have lace around the cuffs.

Her apron is tied at the front and has white lace around its lower edges.

She is wearing white cotton underpants. Her white stockings are painted onto the plastic, while her low shoes are made of black plastic.

 

Accessories

She is wearing a typical Black Forest straw Bollenhut with four red pompoms on it. This indicates that she is unmarried. The knot of her apron tied at the front shows that she is a virgin.

She has a gold choker around her neck.

 

Bollen (pompoms)
Bollen (pompoms)

Source(s) of information

See Germany: Schwarzwald for more information.

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