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National Doll - Danish, circa 1964-1997 Object Reg. No: SH 970346

Summary:
National Doll produced to represent a Danish woman. Dolls are among the most universal toys found throughout the world and through history. Ornamental dolls can also be used to represent aspects of cultural traditions, such as dress.

Danish women's folk dress includes a long skirt which was layered over multiple petticoats, a blouse, headdress (either a bonnet or scarf) and occasionally a close-fitting bodice, either laced or fastened with hooks at the front. Scarfs were also often worn to cover the shoulders and throat and jackets were also common. Wool and flax were common materials used, and bodices, jackets and skirts were often trimmed and decorated, with differences in colour, material and style varying by region.

This doll comes from a collection of approximately 150 dolls in an array of national and regional costumes which were collected by Edna Setford from 1964-1988. Her husband Clifford continued the collection until his death in 1997. The collection is the work of both Edna and Clifford as well as many friends and family who brought dolls home to Edna as gifts from overseas trips. The final doll arrived two days after Clifford's death. This doll was purchased at Fano Island in Denmark.

These dolls were purchased as souvenirs of particular countries and like many mass produced souvenirs they are often not accurate representations of a particular country or region, and may actually better reflect neighbouring counties or regions. This occurs because costumes are often stylised and simplified resulting dolls wearing generic costume elements which are common to many countries/regions. Often the fabrics and decorations used are selected to make the dolls cheap and easy to manufacture and aesthetically pleasing. This can result in the fabrics, colours and decorations of the doll's clothing having little or no reflection of the costume associated with a particular country or region they are meant to be representative of.
Description:
Female doll wearing a long green skirt with a full length brown apron over the top. The doll wears a long sleeved brown top with six yellow buttons and embriodery at the cuffs. The doll has a checked blue and red shawl around her shoulders and a red headscarf on her head.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Eril Wangerek, 1997
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: souvenirs, cultural identity, dolls, national costumes, keepsakes, travel, cultural awareness
Themes this item is part of: Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Migration Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: national dolls
User: Mr & Mrs Edna & Clifford Setford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1964-1997

Owners of this doll collection which was acquired during this period.
Place Depicted: Denmark

This doll is intended to represent a Danish woman

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