Originating from the Dowayo/ Namji ethnic group in Cameroon, Namji Dolls feature rounded geometric forms, beaded necklaces, and cowrie shell decoration. The dolls are historically made for young girls who sling dolls over their backs to mirror the responsibility of their own mothers. Namji Dolls are also kept by older women to promote fertility. Kanju sources Namji Dolls in a variety of colors, sizes, and levels of decoration. Each is one-of-a-kind and possesses its own unique personality. Style your Namji atop a stack of coffee table books or nestled into a group of picture frames. As standalone pieces or groupings, these dolls are lovely gift items, especially to fashionable friends who decorate themselves with confidence and Namji Doll-style and flair.
The word kanju translates to “creativity born of struggle” or “making more with less.” Nothing could be truer of the exquisite pieces and talented artisans with whom kanju works across the African continent.
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