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. Matryoshka is most often painted to represent peasant women and girls. Some of the modern craftsmen use non-traditional styles such as animals, historical and political figures, celebrities and sportsmen. 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 blank wooden 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!