April 21, 2011

Nestling Dolls

I have been dreaming of owning an Authentic Russian doll (commonly called a Russian nesting doll) for as long as I can remember. A Russian doll is a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other.

It was in my Uncle Tino's house where I first saw this wooden dolls. He told me that in Russia it is called Matryoshka. Uncle Tino used to work in Russia, and it is in Russia where this nested figures traditionally came from. He said Matryosha is a very popular name in Russia, and that this stacking wooden figures symbolizes a mother with a big family. Normally, there are five wooden figures inside a Matryoshka, depending on the craftsmanship though, the figures can reach up to twelve.

Many women collects these Russian doll, but don't you know that even men collects them. The famous Ronnie Wood, Rolling Stones guitarist, is said to own dozens of it and places them in his house in London.

This is the reason why I like the kiddie cartoon show Higgly Town Heroes of Disney Channel, the characters are patterned after this lovable nestling dolls. The show promotes values that children can emulate, thus I do not worry when my children watches it on their own.

(First 2 photos courtesy from 1001 Shops. Last photo from Disney Channel)


  1. Haha, that last photo of the Russian Dolls...it's the first I've seen of it.

  2. I wanted to own a nesting dolls too . . . even not the authentic one, only that I haven't had the chance to buy one or where to find them.


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