Where did the matryoshka come from?
Many consider this wooden toy, which is at the same time a subject, and sometimes a piece of folk art, exclusively Russian. Among those who were interested in the history…

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Why did our ancestors need dolls?
In our age, dolls are, most often, children's toys. But it was not always so. In ancient times, the Slavs took them quite seriously. Dolls were the main charms, each…

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How to make a cute herbal doll?
In the old days in Russia, caring housewives made so-called dolls-herbalists. They believed that these dolls would drive out the evil spirits of the house. Tereshchenko Dmitry, Shutterstock.com Herbalists, as…

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Where did the matryoshka come from?

Many consider this wooden toy, which is at the same time a subject, and sometimes a piece of folk art, exclusively Russian.
Among those who were interested in the history of the appearance of nesting dolls, there is a widespread version that their production was started in the 1890s, after the figure of the sage Fukurum was brought to the “Child education” workshop founded by the philanthropist Savva Mamontov. Continue reading

What do we know about Slavic dolls?
The doll is one of the oldest human toys. The Russian word "doll" is akin to the Greek "kiklos", meaning a circle, something rolled up. The purpose of the dolls…

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Do modern children play paper dolls?
One day, buying something at the newsstand, I noticed a bright envelope with a doll painted on it and the inscription “Marina”. Memories from childhood immediately surfaced in my head…

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What do we know about Russian wooden toys?
In Russia, poteshki, so called in those days toys, most often made of clay and wood. The doll is one of the first toys of antiquity. But time does not…

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How did Armand Marcel become a puppet master?
I want to tell you about one of the largest manufacturers in the field of puppet production, the company which produced several million puppet heads from unglazed (biscuit) porcelain of…

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