Matryoshka or the nestling doll is the one thing which can be found in almost every household for the past few centuries after it was invented in the year 1860. The wooden doll which holds replicas of it inside it, each a little smaller than the one in which it resides is supposed to be symbolism of family.
The doll, as propagated by the Russian culture is a normal woman in the traditional attire and in it is seven to eight wooden dolls, all in the same attire. The characteristics of these dolls are that they are themselves individually a single piece and again together they form a single piece. Every doll is made of wood and they can be separated into two halves, the bottom and the upper portion, from right in the middle. The biggest doll holds around six to seven dolls inside it. Every dollars is hollow except the smallest one.
The Word Of Russian Origin
The word Matryoshka is derived from the word Matryona which is a Russian origin that in simple way usually interprets as an old woman. The concept of these nestling dolls cannot be tracked down to a single country for their origin but it is believed that China, Japan and Russia where the first ones to make Nesting Dolls the world famous doll which has survived centuries and still finds its place in the twenty first century.
Nestling dolls have been accepted worldwide by all races, and the reason for this has been researched for many years. It is believed that Matryoshka represents an idea which unites humanity and thus by mankind all together, it represents motherhood.
As a child is kindered in the womb of a mother for nine months and the way the mother protects her baby from all the dangers, the nestling dolls seen to imitate the similar process by embracing each dolls inside one another and providing protection and shelter. The dolls represents life in itself in all forms and phases – The relationships, the sufferings and the joy we experience . They articulate the continuity of time and the heritage which passes down from one generation to another.
The Hand-made Quality
Matryoshka are hand made dolls. The quality of these dolls depends on the wood from which they are carved out from. Matryoshka originally was a set of seven female dolls which projected strong matriarch. Over the years, people around the world recreated the dolls in various ways. More shapes and characters were added, in some cases the number of dolls were reduced and the sizes were altered. However, the basic features remained the same and it all focused on propagating the idea of celebrating the bond of love, care, support and trust in a family.
Matryoshka or the nestling dolls has lost its demand in the market over the years and because that there is a reduction in the production. This is mainly because of loss in skilled artisans who choose different occupation for the scarcity of money in this field. Matryoshka might have lost its charm, but it continues to be the most famous toy which is identified as a symbol of fertility and unity all over the world.