What is a Russian Matryoshka?

Referring to the cultural symbol of Russia, in addition to the enchanting Kharavoto “national dance” dance or great works such as Red Square, Basil Shrine, people often mention Matryoshka dolls.

So what is a Russian Matryoshka? Why is it considered a meaningful symbol, symbolizing the culture of people and the beautiful Union country? To find out, please read this article!

Matryoshka Doll (Russian: матрёшка) is also commonly known as Russian Doll or Babushka Doll. In addition, they also have other names such as Nested Dolls, Nesting Dolls, etc. depending on the culture and calling of each region.

What is the meaning of the name of Russian Matryoshka? In Russian, the word “matryoshka” (матрёшка) is an informal term for “Matryona” (Матрёна). This is a proper Russian name for women.

The first wooden dolls were completed by the artist Vasily Petrovich Zvyozdochkin, consisting of 8 children. Each animal has its own image, has different meanings, not the same theme or decoration as the popular dolls today.

Description of a Matryoshka Set

Matryoshka dolls are usually made from aromatic and moisture-resistant woods such as birch wood, poplar wood, sparkling wood. This type of doll is made in a set of wooden dolls from large to small. The smallest doll will be contained in the lap of the doll slightly larger, so in turn until the largest one will contain all the remaining dolls in the set. The number of dolls in a set is usually odd numbers like 5,7,9,11.

Traditionally, a set consists of at least 5 children. In terms of design, a set of dolls will be drawn according to a certain unified theme. There are usually two types of dolls that are painted with girls from childhood to old age or will be a set where the drawings are all girls.

Regardless of the design, most dolls are painted with traditional Russian costumes and beautifully decorated. The doll shape is usually like a vase with a slightly rounded head and an oblong body; Very few protrusions – for example, dolls have no arms, and often artists often do not draw arm shapes on the surface of the doll.