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Mazao (The Crops)
These are symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor.
Mkeka (The Mat)
This is symbolic of our tradition and history and therefore, the foundation on which we build.
Kinara (The Candle Holder)
This is symbolic of our roots, our parent people -- continental Africans
Muhindi (The Corn)
This is symbolic of our children and our future which they embody.
Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles)
These are symbolic of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, the matrix and minimum set of values which African people are urged to live by in order to rescue and reconstruct their lives in their own image and according to their own needs.
Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup)
This is symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity which makes all else possible.
Zawadi (The Gifts)
These are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by the children.
The two supplemental symbols are:
Bendera (The Flag)
The colors of the Kwanzaa flag are the colors of the Organization Us, black, red and green; black for the people, red for their struggle, and green for the future and hope that comes from their struggle. It is based on the colors given by the Hon. Marcus Garvey as national colors for African people throughout the world.
The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green as noted above and can be utilized in decorations for Kwanzaa. Also decorations should include traditional African items, i.e., African baskets, cloth patterns, art objects, harvest symbols
Gifts are given mainly to children, but must always include a book and a heritage symbol. The book is to emphasize the African value and tradition of learning stressed since ancient Egypt, and the heritage symbol to reaffirm and reinforce the African commitment to tradition and history.
Little Patchwork Doll
Multicultural Ornaments for Winter
This is a series of ornaments/wall hangings that I designed and made not just for holidays, but for any day of the year.
I really enjoyed reading the many stories of different cultures and religions and the celebrations and customs that are observed.
The dolls are all unique! Each has an object representative of various world holidays on the back, so the ornaments are reversible! ie: Hanukkah Doll/Menorah
While realizing that there are hundreds and hundreds of different celebrations, I have chosen just a handful. There are simply not enough hours in the day! Please note that these dolls are MY artistic interpretations and are not meant as religious/cultural icons. I have tried, and hopefully succeeded, to capture a very small part of each holiday celebration. Every culture is special and has fascinating history behind the celebrations that I myself would like to share with you!
The doll heads/faces are made from dollknit fabric, and hand-drawn; the patchwork ornament is 4” x 4” and is hand and machine embroidered. The designs on the backs are hand appliquéd and embroidered. Each comes with a hanging cord. There will be a short version of the celebration story sent with each doll.
Please visit my website to view past dolls and to order commissions. Thank you. www.mountaindollsnthings.com