Namibia: Namibian woman

Front view
Front view

General description Female ragdoll

Dimensions 18 x 16 x 8 cm

Date when acquired 2000s

Original Date 2000s

Source Ragdoll advertising the Ombo Rest Camp in Northern Namibia. Acquired at a tourism exposition in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Present from Barbara v. K.


Back view
Back view


This ragdoll’s body is made of blue ribbed material to form a sort of jump suit, with brown material used to make the head and hands. Her face is painted on. Her hair is made of wool. She has a curly fringe, while the rest of her hair is pulled to the back of her head where it is braided into five tight plaits.



On top of her “jumpsuit”, she has a sort of long smock made of cotton that is open in the back but tied at the neck with a black ribbon. The material is covered with different geometric forms in orange, light blue, purple, dark blue and a medium green that are outlined with black. The smock has small cap sleeves which are edged with blanket stitch in white on the right sleeve and yellow on the left.


View form the right showing hair style
View form the right showing hair style


She has a necklace made of cardamom pods around her neck, with a label showing the name of the Ombo Rest Camp.


Background information

The Ombo Rest Camp is to the north of Okahandja, a town founded in ca. 1800, by two local groups, the Herero and the Nama. Possible the doll represents a lady from one of these two peoples or even the Bantu majority in Namibia.


Cardamom is the world’s third-most expensive spice. It originally came from Asia, though is also produced in South America (Guatamala) and Africa (Tanzania). I could not find any information about the production of cardamom in Namibia, though it is used in Namibia cuisine possibly due to the Indian influence.


Source(s) of information

See Namibia notes.



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