Alternative Name(s): Gaucho Doll

Donated to the Australian Children's Folklore Collection by Maria Regina Ofele, an Argentinian delegate to the World Play Summit held in Melbourne in 1993. Delegates were asked to bring a traditional toy from their own country.

National doll which forms part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC).

The ACFC is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.

Physical Description

Female doll in traditional gaucho, or South American cowboy, costume. The doll is wearing a white felt broad brimmed hat with a black and green checked hat band. She has a white scarf underneath the hat, covering her hair. Her hair is black and in two long plaits tied with blue ribbon, hanging over her shoulders. She has a white short sleeved blouse with a brightly coloured vest over the top. Her full skirt is red with two bands of ribbon, one black check, the other blue striped, around the hem. The skirt is lined with interfacing to give it fullness. The doll's head appears to be papier mache with the features drawn on. The body is soft synthetic fibre. 99.133 is a male gaucho doll. The two dolls form a set. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.

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