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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When did Barbie dolls have friends and family? Ken, Midge, Teresa and others
As befits any lady, sooner or later Barbie had to get a family. What happened - in 1961, the platinum blonde appeared plastic "boyfriend" Ken, named after the younger son…

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The story of one doll. How to find her for mom?
I want to tell you an amazing story about an old doll, which by chance has become our family heirloom. Photo: Julia Sun, personal archive So, one of the cozy…

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What are the good girls in the house? Just pupae …

Do you know why I love anime? And because of the girls. Such thin, delicate, fragile, with huge wide open eyes, in which flare trembles, and curved eyelashes. Usually these girls are dressed in sailor blouses, which in Japan serve as school uniforms and are called sailor fuku. “Sailor Moon” watched?
And to horror I wanted that such an unearthly creature was always with me. Then I put my purse in my pocket and went to the humpback. Continue reading

Puppet Theatre. When and where was he born?

Puppet Theater has survived millennia, dozens of historical structures. The first mention of puppet art associated with the festivities in Egypt. Women went from village to village with songs. They carried small statuettes in their hands and set them in motion with the help of ropes. Such dolls are found in Syria, Latin America. Archaeological excavations helped to see a picture of the most ancient festival in the 16th century BC. Continue reading

Why did our ancestors kept … dolls behind the stove?

In ancient times, our ancestors had a cherished custom: to keep 12 dolls suspended from a string on the stove – “twists” (or “stolushkahs”), made by all means by members of the family living in the house.
It was necessary to comply with a number of special conditions and rules. For example, neither scissors nor needles can be used: either the flax fiber was wrapped in a rag and tied with a linen thread in a special way, so that the cross was oblique (this was the way the “stolushkahs” were made), or the rag was twisted and tied to form a head, arms, figures (the “stolushka” and hands were not). Continue reading

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How to acquaint a child with old dolls in a fascinating way?
Winter that year was severe. The wind was blowing large snowflakes into the face of Deniska, who was returning from a training session. The snow fell asleep, and the boy…

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What toys do our children need?
Wishing to encourage a seven-year-old godson for his excellent studies, she decided to give him a valuable gift — some useful and clever toy. Or a sweet, “iconic” one, which…

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What do adults play?
The choice of profession, and even more so a hobby, cannot always be explained logically. Why does a respectable man with a mustache devote himself to carving wooden horses, and…

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How to make a doll charm?
For a long time, our ancestors made charms of wood, bone, clay, cloth and other materials. Having such charms, people felt more secure and more confident. Charm Dolls Day and…

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