Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

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.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

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.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

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.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

The wood to be used for making Matryoshkas.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Upon processing.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

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

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Drums are rotating – they are grinding workpieces.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Now they start working by hand.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Workpieces.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

The workpieces are placed into the rotating machine and treated manually with sand paper.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Such tools are used to make recesses required to shape future dolls.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Samples on the shelves. They are said to be defective, though.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Each lot of goods is accompanied by a certificate, otherwise it won’t pass quality control.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Painting is the hardest part of the work.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Two identical dolls can never be found. Every Matryoshka has its own features, that’s why they are so valuable. They could certainly be made on a conveyor and be much cheaper, but handmade is on trand again!

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

It’s jewelry work but they deal with wood, not diamonds…

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Planning for the day.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Some of them are made to order. Once they had an order from Japan for a lot of emo-dolls.

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

Children are taught to paint, maybe they will come to the factory for a job one day…

Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls

“The best professional!”

Let us say thanks to Yaroslav for his well done job!

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10 thoughts on “Exclusive: Birth of Russian Matryoshka Dolls”

  1. “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. 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 🙂

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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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