They are a symbol of Dominican Republic craftsmanship. Faceless dolls are the essence of ‘handmade’ of Creole culture. Many foreigners return from their vacation in Dominican lands with a good number of these beautiful faceless dolls; today we are going to discover the reason for the absence of features.
Dominican faceless dolls are originate from the north of the Dominican Republic, although they can be found anywhere on the island right now and, of course, has spread across borders as quoted folk craft object.
All represent sinuous women of sensual shapes. Their delicate garments exacerbate the beautiful color of their skin, in this case, achieved thanks to the material with which the farmers modeled the beautiful figures: mud.
Braid brown and heads covered with exquisite wide-brimmed sun hats. In their hands a basket of fruit or a delicate bouquet. Faces … do not exist. It is an allegory of the Dominican reality, a mix of imposed cultures they have known how to take advance of it becoming in a real example of miscegenation.
However, racial syncretism is behind this absence of features that could be the Taino, Spanish, Creole and African … even a mixture of them all.
The production of the Dominican faceless dolls began at Moca more than four decades ago and now many of them are produced industrially. However, it is easy to find genuine masterpieces made by hand of local artisans.
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