Russian nesting doll

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traditional background

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.

history of nesting doll

The basic technique of nesting doll making remains unchanged. As a rule nesting dolls are made from lime, birch, alder and aspen.The logs are kept in the open air for two years. Only an experienced master can tell when the material is ready. Then the logs are cut into workpieces for nesting dolls. Nesting doll is considered to be a symbol of motherhood and fertility. A mother doll with numerous dolls-children perfectly expresses the oldest symbol of human culture.

economic facts of nesting doll

today traditional russian nesting dolls are sold on the internet for 800$ so to speak they are still very popular. even the homemade ones go for 150$$ at the least. but russia iconic dolls are indangred people have stop coming and buying from factories and just buy off line there is a threat to close down.