The Ndebele Linga Koba Doll is important for boys because every four years, hundreds of them spend two winter months in a secret place in the mountains undergoing the wela ceremony marking the passage from boyhood to manhood. During this time the mothers of the boys wear linga koba, strips of beadwork that stretch from their headdresses, to show that their sons are away to the mountains turning into men. So the Linga koba translated means the “long tears” that the mother's goes through in losing their sons but tears of joy at gaining a man.
Each doll is a unique, handmade creation. Colors may vary but will always be bright and vivid.