As featured in our Destination Kumasi book!
Release Date: March 20, 2016 | Dimensions: 4.5″ W x 11.5″ H x 1.75″ D | Product Type: Handmade, wood carved craft | Material(s): local wood, polish, beads | Item Model Number: TRAK005 | Recommended Age: 3 Years and Older (with supervision) | Origin: Made in Ghana | Weight: 1.0 lbs | Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S. | International Shipping: Item can be shipped outside the U.S., quote may be adjusted based on package weight (email notice provided in these cases) | Delivery Method: USPS Flat Rate Shipping (domestic), USPS First-Class Package International Service (outside the U.S.)
About the Product
For centuries, akuaba dolls have been a symbol of good luck and wellbeing for the Ashanti people. They were bathed and treated like a real child. Today, they are admired for their distinctive form — a large, round head and a long neck among them. These are the Ashanti standards of beauty. This wooden figurine has a teardrop-shaped head and elongated eyes as well as beaded jewelry. It was carved by an artisan who’s not unlike Kofi, whom Raisa and companions meet in Destination Kumasi. With your purchase here, you support an ancient artform and those who practice it. Just like Raisa receives an akuaba doll at the end of the excursion book, so too can the special child in your life!
Akuaba dolls are produced by wood carvers in the African nation of Ghana. They source local wood (often from osese trees) in a sustainable manner. They utilize ancient tools. The dolls are finished in a variety of ways, often with a polish made from red kola nuts. Under reasonable care, these carvings are heirloom quality and can be handed down from generation to generation. Commissioned or purchased fair trade. Resold responsibly.
Care and Cleaning:
Wipe clean with a moist cloth, with or without using hand soap. Do not use rinse. Do not use brushes or any other abrasive surface to clean as this can damage the stained finished.
This is a one of a kind, handmade item. No two will be exactly alike. We consider this a final sale, and you trust and accept the craftsmanship “as is.”