Matroyshka Dolls, also called a babushka doll.
A definite addition to my wish list, these cute nested dolls have become a fascination with most girls (big and small) worldwide. How did this tradition begin, and whose wonderfully creative idea led to one of the most common, yet beautifully philosophical knickknacks in the history of accessories?
The story begins in a cold workshop,”Children’s Education” situated in Abramtsevo estate new Moscow, in 1890. A noted industrialist and a patron of the arts of the region named Sava Mamontov would hold creative workshops where folk craftsmen would gather and share ideas.
On one such workshop, someone brought along a figurine of an old japanese man , Shichi-fuku-jin.There was a legend that the first doll of such type on Island Honshu where Shichi-fuku-jin was brought from was made by unknown Russian monk. This sparked an idea, which would go on to become a phenomenon.
The name matryoshka, comes from the russian word Matryona, a common name among peasants. It comes from the latin root,Mater or Mother. In peasant families, the mother of the house was usually a rotund and portly woman, and this was artistically implemented to portray brightly painted wooden figurines made in a such way that they could be taken apart to reveal smaller dolls fitting inside one another. Initially matryoshka types were rather different: they portrayed both male and female characters. But in present-day the matronly form of the doll is most popular.
Metaphorically speaking, the dolls represent the matryoshka principle, or the nested doll principle. This principle reflects the patterns seen in most man-made and natural objects. The ability to have something inside something inside something else. For eg; an Onion, you can peel away individual layers to reflect more layers.