For many, any large collection starts with a single purchase or, more often than not, a gift given from someone special. Collecting is very rewarding and a fun hobby. Many families pass down collections from one generation to the next. No matter what you are collecting, you are leaving a legacy that can be passed on to the next generation. A very popular and fun collectible can be found in Russian nesting dolls, also known as Matryoshka dolls. These wooden stacking dolls make great collectibles and are found in a variety of different forms. If you're looking to start your own collection or help someone else start a collection of their own, these nesting dolls are a great way to get their collection going.
Nesting dolls have been around since the 1890's and are made from a single block of wood so that each doll will nest perfectly inside of the subsequent doll. The nesting doll sets are made starting with the smallest doll and moving to the next largest doll in the set until a full set has been completed. Amazingly, these dolls are created without using measurements; workers use their eyes to judge the size of each doll. Many dolls sets are hand painted by skilled craftsmen that can put hours of work into painting a set of dolls. This type of workmanship ensures that every set of dolls is unique and will be shaped and look different than the next.
Russian Nesting Dolls
From their humble beginnings in the 1890's wooden nesting dolls have grown to embrace a variety of different themes and designs. Traditional nesting doll sets started with a set of eight dolls, which began with the largest doll depicting an adult female holding a rooster representing the mother. Each subsequent doll represented a child with the smallest doll depicting a baby. Modern nesting doll sets have adopted many modern themes such as animals, Christmas, athletes, Easter and more cater to a variety of different collectors. You can find a set of Russian nesting dolls in almost any theme which is why they make such great gifts.
Russian nesting dolls are a highly collectible form of art with a history of over 100 years. These crafts are based on the idea of figures separating in half to reveal smaller and smaller dolls inside. Russian nesting dolls are most often painted to represent peasant women and girls. Some of modern craftsmen use non-traditional styles such as animals, historical and political figures, celebrities and athletes. Over the last century matryoshka nesting dolls have become one of the most enduring and collectible symbols of the Russian culture.
Today hand painted nesting dolls hold a special place in the hearts of those who receive them, because they are so beautifully crafted and completely unique. Traditional Russian nesting dolls matryoshka consist of young women or girls dressed in folk costumes and scarfs on the head which are associated with fertility and motherhood.
These were created in the Children's Education, which was a workshop in the estate of Abramtsevo, located in Moscow. The originals were wooden nesting dolls, which fit one inside the next (one being slightly smaller than the previous.) The history of Russian nesting dolls shows that Vasily Zvyozdochkin was the first to craft them, from a design created by Sergey Malyutin. These were made of linden wood and were painted by Malyutin.
If you know someone who love collectibles then a set of nesting dolls could be the perfect gift for them. Each set of nesting dolls is unique and carries with it real meaning. These dolls look great when they are displayed for all to see. Children love the novelty of a set of nesting dolls and will love to spend time fitting a set of dolls together. Imagine the amusement a child will feel the first time they open a nesting doll to see that there is another series of dolls within, each being a little different and fitting perfectly together in the set. A set of wooden Russian nesting dolls can also be a great way to give a gift to a special loved one, or even propose for engagement. Just replace the smallest doll with an engagement ring! You'll have a fun and memorable proposal as well as some keepsake collectibles that will remind your significant other of your love. When you own a Russian nesting doll, you own not only a piece of Russian history, but a bit of its childlike wonder and magic as well.