‘Abayomi’ is the name of a traditional African rag doll made from knots tied on rags (recycled fabric). Abayomi dolls have been around for over three hundred years in certain parts of Africa.
These traditional dolls come from the Yoruba people, an ethnic group of people found in south-western Nigeria and southern Benin and also in smaller concentrations in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone. They constitute 35 million people in total, the majority of which are located in Nigeria.
The word ‘Abayomi’ in the Yoruba language means ‘one who brings happiness’ or ‘precious encounter’: ‘ABAY’ meaning ‘meeting’ and ‘OMI’ meaning ‘precious’.
This craft is suitable for ‘Black History Month’ and other general celebrations of native people including: NAIDOC, Native American Heritage Day and National Aboriginal Day. You can dress the doll according to the native traditions of the occasion (American Indian, Aborigine, Inuit).
These measurements are to make an 8 inch (20 cm) tall Abayomi doll:‘Body’
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