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10 Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Posted on November 20, 2014 by team


Matryoshka is one of the most recognizable symbols of Russia. It is brought from the country as a souvenir usually bought only by foreigners. Blogger Yaroslav visited a place in a little town called Semenov where these wooden dolls are made and he took some curious photos that are presented inside this post.

A Matryoshka doll is actually a set of several (normally three) dolls, decreasing in size, placed one into another. Each doll consists of two parts – the lower and upper parts. All hand-painted Matryoshka dolls represent a female image wearing a kerchief and a bright Russian sarafan.

The factory in Semenov is one of the few that make matryoshka dolls. They are 80% manually made and this fact is a pride of the factory. They can easily tell their own dolls from ones made in another place.

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10 Responses to “Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls”

  1. golfietis says:

    “By the way, Russian dolls are made by old German machines”

    As always – best machinery, cars etc is coming from western world.

    Propaganda – you`ve got it wrong English russia…

  2. Froggy says:

    Can a Russian tell us where the tradition comes from ?

  3. john says:

    Great posting a lot of skill and patience needed there,but very nice work.

  4. Jewels Vern says:

    Russian dolls are so full of themselves.

  5. erik says:

    Wonderful art work .
    I hope they are well paid for their efforts .

  6. Tshuhna says:

    Painting must be painful job for the neck.

  7. Pierre says:

    Thank you English Russia for this post. I bought a book on the Matryoshka, I bought some but I hope I will visit a factory one day.
    The one I have are tiny pieces of art with tiny details very well painted. Ok they were not cheap… maybe this is why :)

  8. Lumpy Gravy says:

    A while back I found this on the Guardian’s comment pages …

    “I hate Russian dolls … they’re so full of themselves!”

    … which made me crack up :-)

  9. Gregabob says:

    I’ve seen a set of dolls that went from
    Yeltsin to Lenin–but it omitted Chernenko and Andropov–probably would have to commission a custom set to include those 2 premiers. I understand dolls of soviet leaders were hard to come by due to the fact they were considered to be disrespectful. Be cool to have a set now though!

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