Ntomb’entle means, “beautiful lady”, in isiZulu. I’m glad the creators of the dolls, Molemo Kgomo and Mpumi Motsabi, named them Ntomb’entle, because these dolls are stunning.
The Ntomb’entle Dolls celebrate the rich African Heritage of South Africa. Each doll represents a South African culture: Venda, Tsonga, Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa, Ndebele, Pedi and Swazi. They are adorned with the beautiful traditional attire of their respective cultures.
Molemo Kgomo and Mpumi Motsabi said that the dolls are designed to help black South African girls to love themselves, to love their beautiful features. I wish these dolls were around when I was a child. They are more relatable then the dolls I used to play with. Their brown skin, their hair, their noses and their eyes. And they look like normal little girls, not like super models.