Graaff-Reinet doll

Anna Laubscher began making dolls in 1915 as dolls were not freely available in South Africa during the First World War.  Anna and her family lived in Graaff-Reinet.  Anna designed the doll’s body and painted the face and her mother designed the head. Anna’s studio became a doll factory.  There were girls, boys, and old men employed.  These dolls are known as the Graaff-Reinet dolls. The Graaff-Reinet doll is seated in the front on the left hand side.


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