Namji is the name of the people inhabiting an area in The West of the north Cameroon. The Namji tribe is famous for their wooden dolls carved with geometric features and adorned with multi-colored bead necklaces, cowrie shells, coins, metal strips, fiber and leather. The dolls held by young Namji girls to play and to ensure their fertility, are considered among the finest and the most beautiful dolls in Africa. They are carved from solid hardwood. The most popular place to carry ones’ doll is strapped to the back, the way real infants are toted around.
Handcrafted from tin using only snips, pliers and hammers by members of the Arts Sculptors Project and then painted in vibrant colors by artists from the Weya community.