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.
The wood to be used for making Matryoshkas.
By the way, Russian dolls are made by old German machines.
Drums are rotating – they are grinding workpieces.
Now they start working by hand.
The workpieces are placed into the rotating machine and treated manually with sand paper.
Such tools are used to make recesses required to shape future dolls.
Samples on the shelves. They are said to be defective, though.
Each lot of goods is accompanied by a certificate, otherwise it won’t pass quality control.
Painting is the hardest part of the work.
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!
It’s jewelry work but they deal with wood, not diamonds…
Planning for the day.
Some of them are made to order. Once they had an order from Japan for a lot of emo-dolls.
Children are taught to paint, maybe they will come to the factory for a job one day…
“The best professional!”
Let us say thanks to Yaroslav for his well done job!