by Olga  

The матрёшка is a traditional Russian doll that has been in the Russian culture for many centuries. These dolls are an important part of the Russian culture and I believe that most Russian families own at least one Russian doll. It has become so popular that today, these dolls are sold in the US portraying American characters. The Russian doll is a series of hollow dolls that decrease in size and are fitted into one another as they get smaller. They are hand crafted, colorful, and are rich in fine detail which adds to the beauty of the final product.

In my Russian home, my parents had a collection of the dolls which stood in an elaborate cabinet behind a glass door. My mom said to me «я люблю нашу коллекцию матрёшек», “I love our collection of the Russian dolls”. I feel proud to own these dolls today because they show our culture.


Comment from: Don [Member]

For those wanting to follow up Allan’s comment, you can read a bit about the history either in English http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka or in Russian http://www.nestingdolls.ru/history.php.

10/06/08 @ 16:30
Comment from: allan [Visitor]

This is a brilliant site, very useful and entertaining. I would venture a small correction to the entry on ‘matreshka’, however. If I’m not mistaken, these dolls are actually only just over a hundred years old. They seem so iconic that one feels they must be much older, but are actually a relatively recent phenomenon.

10/06/08 @ 13:37

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