Authentic Russian Matryoshka Dolls


Authentic Russian Matryoshka Dolls

The first Russian Matryoshka  nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin and designed by Sergey Malyutin Mamontov The first doll set had 8 dolls where the one on the outside the was a girl in a traditional dress holding a rooster. The inner dolls were girls and a boy, and the innermost a baby.


How are Russian Matryoshka Dolls Made?

Traditionally, matryoshka dolls were made from linden or birch and their production would involve the participation of the whole family. The dolls are usually painted as a girl dressed in a sarafan and a headscarf. Matryoshka dolls are often painted holding a basket of berries, bread, or a bunch of flowers in their hands.

The process starts with the smallest, innermost doll made from a single piece of wood that doesn’t come apart like the larger parts do. The number of nested dolls can vary from two to sixty, but normally there are five nested figures.

After carving, the dolls are covered with special glue to fill the cracks and reduce the roughness. They are then painted according to a theme. The themes can vary and may be based on fairy tales characters, animals, famous political leaders, historical figures, musicians and popular movie stars.

There is a great youtube video that explains the making of the Matryoshka Dolls


The Russian Nesting Doll and Personality

Many authors use the nesting doll as a tool for explanation. Perhaps the most often one is the dolls used as a model for explaining our inner selves. This is likely why the dolls have caught on so well. It is easy to think of our selves have having an outer core which has different inner layers which when peeled away have a solid inner core.

Russian matryoshka dolls

We have Russian Matryoshka Dolls which are authentic. I purchase them in Russia on my annual trip there. If you want to order yours please visit

Irina Marchenkova



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