Russian Folk Costume Dolls
Russian Nested dolls
Nested dolls or Matryoshka dolls are the contribution by Russian doll artists to the world. These are set of wooden dolls, which can be placed one inside the other.
Nowadays these dolls are made by our Channapattana wooden toy makers too. I guess most of us had played with these kind of dolls during our childhood. You can read more about Russian Matryoshka dolls: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll
Russian folk costume dolls :
Another kind of dolls, made by the doll artists of Russia are Russian Folk costume dolls. These are made using porcelain or wood. And decorated with Russian traditional costume named Sarafan(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarafan). The specialty of the dolls is, the costumes are also made using traditional cloths and laces. I have two Russian folk costume dolls in my collection of dolls :
One is made of wood and another is porcelain. These are beautiful piece of handicraft. In wooden doll, the face is made using wood and the facial features are drawn using paint.
Cute feature is , the hair is made of cotton threads and plaited.
Another is made , using face made of porcelain. The facial features are handcrafted.
The facial features looks more realistic here:
Each doll shows the intricate work of the artists. And minute details of the folk costume is shown in the dolls.
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