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The Littlest Matryoshka by Corinne Demas BlissText-to-Self:
I love this book so much because it reflects my family in a nice way. We collect nesting dolls to go with the vintage set my husband was given before we married. My 3 daughters all love to play with them, read books about them, and some decorate our kitchen. I love the artistic designs and history of the dolls and feels it brings the old world into our new world. Like in the story of The Littlest Matryoshka, we have girls (three daughters) who are taught to look out for one another and protect each other. Though the dolls in the story cannot actually move or speak, they can see their sisters and feel pain, happiness, fear, relief. When the littlest one is reunited with her sisters, everything is how it should be. We tell our girls all the time that throughout their lives most friends will come and go, but their sisters will always be their family. They have to support, encourage, and love one another because we as parents will not always be around, just as the dolls were shipped off from their maker when it was time. The Littlest Matryoshka is a great reminder of family caring for one another.
Matryoshka Nesting Dolls: Meaning of Russian Wooden Stacking Doll
Russian nesting doll Matryoshka , a well recognizable symbol of Russia and a traditional Russian souvenir, in fact is a relatively new phenomenon. Matryoshka appeared only about years ago in s , when a spouse of Savva Mamontov, the owner of a toy workshop, brought a figure of the sage Fukurum from Japan. The figure consisted of two halves and contained a smaller figure inside, which also consisted of two halves. In total, four figures depicting famous sage disciples were hiding inside the sage. Turner Vasily Zvezdochkin, who worked in the workshop of Mamontov, carved his own figures based on the model of the Japanese toy, and artist Sergey Malyutin painted them. On the largest figure he depicted a girl in a sundress and a scarf with a black rooster in her hands. The last figure was a baby in diapers.
In Russia, the word, "Matryoshka," means mother. So why not honor your mom with our matryoshka nesting dolls? These dollies are handcrafted from Russia where they play a vital role in their culture. Our matryoshka dolls come in various designs and styles. We have modern matryoshka doll sets wherein you will see famous Russian landmarks painted on their bodies.
Nesting dolls are the best known and most popular of all Russian souvenirs. Whatever you want to call them, nesting dolls have a fascinating history, and they are the classic Russian gift. The most traditional nesting doll design is one that looks like a young Russian woman dressed in Russian native costume with a scarf on her head.
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How are Russian nesting dolls made?
Nesting dolls are the best known and most popular of all Russian souvenirs. The Russian word for these wooden dolls is matryoshka , but they are also called matrioshka, matreshka, matriochka, babushka or babooshka dolls, babushka's doll, matroshka, matruska, matryushka, and stacking dolls. Whatever you want to call them, nesting dolls have a fascinating history , and they are the classic Russian gift. The most traditional nesting doll design is one that looks like a young Russian woman dressed in Russian native costume with a scarf on her head. In the traditional nesting doll sets all of the dolls look almost identical to one another, and the number of dolls in the set ranges from 5 to 30, but some custom made matryoshkas contain many more.
It's hard to find a symbol of Russia more popular than the traditional Russian nesting doll. These decorated wooden dolls "with a secret" are also called matryoshka dolls or babushka dolls. They are recognized even in the countries thousand miles away from Russia. Taking a Russian nesting doll back home is a must among tourists from Europe and the United States alike. The lovers of exotics collect matryoshkas in Australia and South Africa. The simplicity and originality of matryoshka dolls attract the fans of Russian folk art from around the world.