Doll, wool / cotton / cane, maker unknown, Peru, 1953-2001
This doll is an example of the types of handicrafts made by local communities in Peru for children and also sold to the tourist market. It is most likely made from llama wool, coloured using natural dyes, and dressed in strips of plant fibre (probably cane).
The doll forms part of an extensive collection of textiles, dress and handiwork assembled from 1953 to 2001 by Mrs Helen McLeod Crocker, traveller and collector. Almost thirty countries are represented in the collection including Afghanistan, Australia, Bali, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Central Asia, China, Europe, India, Japan, Kenya, Lao, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Salvador, Somalia, South America, Syria, Thailand, The Ivory Coast, Turkey and Yemen. Helen was very selective in the objects she acquired and the inspiration for her collection originated from her desire to preserve the true essence of the societies she encountered.
This doll was made by an unknown maker in Peru, between 1953-2001.