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A set of matryoshkas consists of a wooden figure, which separates at the middle, top from bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has, in turn, another figure inside of it, and so on.

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The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by wood turning craftsman and wood carver Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of any gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders. In the West, matryoshka dolls are often referred to as babushka dolls, though they are not known by this name in Russian; babushka (бабушка) means "grandmother" or "old woman".[3]

The inspiration for matryoshka dolls is not clear. It is believed[by whom?] that Zvyozdochkin and Malyutin were inspired by eastern Asian culture, for example, the Honshu doll, named after the main island of Japan; however, the Honshu figures cannot be placed one inside another.[7] Sources differ in descriptions of the doll, describing it as either a round, hollow daruma doll, portraying a bald old Buddhist monk,[8] or a Seven Lucky Gods nesting doll.[4][5][9]

Savva Mamontov's wife presented the dolls at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, where the toy earned a bronze medal. Soon after, matryoshka dolls were being made in several places in Russia and shipped around the world.

Ordinarily, matryoshka dolls are crafted from linden wood. There is a popular misconception that they are carved from one piece of wood. Rather, they are produced using: a lathe equipped with a balance bar; four heavy 2 foot (0.61 m) long distinct types of chisels (hook, knife, pipe, and spoon); and a "set of handmade wooden calipers particular to a size of the doll". The tools are hand forged by a village blacksmith from car axles or other salvage. A wood carver uniquely crafts each set of wooden calipers. Multiple pieces of wood are meticulously carved into the nesting set.[10]

Common themes of matryoshkas are floral and relate to nature. Often Christmas, Easter, and religion are used as themes for the doll. Modern artists create many new styles of nesting dolls, mostly as an alternative purchase option for tourism. These include animal collections, portraits, and caricatures of famous politicians, musicians, athletes, astronauts, "robots", and popular movie stars. Today, some Russian artists specialize in painting themed matryoshka dolls that feature specific categories of subjects, people or nature. Areas with notable matryoshka styles include Sergiyev Posad, Semionovo (now the town of Semyonov),[12] Polkhovsky Maidan, and the city of Kirov.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s during Perestroika, freedom of expression allowed the leaders of the Soviet Union to become a common theme of the matryoshka, with the largest doll featuring then-current leader Mikhail Gorbachev. These became very popular at the time, affectionately earning the nickname of a Gorba or Gorby, the namesake of Gorbachev. With the periodic succession of Russian leadership after the collapse of the Soviet Union, newer versions would start to feature Russian presidents Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev.

The largest set of matryoshka dolls in the world is a 51-piece set hand-painted by Youlia Bereznitskaia of Russia, completed in 2003. The tallest doll in the set measures 53.97 centimetres (21.25 in); the smallest, 0.31 centimetres (0.12 in). Arranged side-by-side, the dolls span 3.41 metres (11 ft 2.25 in).[13]

Matryoshka dolls are a traditional representation of the mother carrying a child within her and can be seen as a representation of a chain of mothers carrying on the family legacy through the child in their womb. Furthermore, matryoshka dolls are used to illustrate the unity of body, soul, mind, heart, and spirit.[17][18][19]

Matryoshkas are also used metaphorically, as a design paradigm, known as the "matryoshka principle" or "nested doll principle". It denotes a recognizable relationship of "object-within-similar-object" that appears in the design of many other natural and crafted objects. Examples of this use include the matrioshka brain, the Matroska media-container format, and the Russian Doll model of multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

The metaphor of the matryoshka doll (or its onion equivalent) is also used in the description of shell companies and similar corporate structures that are used in the context of tax-evasion schemes in low-tax jurisdictions (for example, offshore tax havens).[20] It has also been used to describe satellites and suspected weapons in space.[21]

In 2020, the Unicode Consortium approved the matryoshka doll (?) as one of the new emoji characters in release v.13.[22] The matryoshka or nesting doll emoji was presented to the consortium by Jef Gray,[23] as a non-religious, apolitical symbol of Russian-East European-Far East Asian culture.[24][25]

The #Matryoshka stream of the Zulip chat room Sneeuwbal and the matryoshka-devel mailing list are used by the Matryoshka team for discussions. You can browse the mailing list archives or subscribe to it.

Artists in Russia that create matryoshka dolls come from many backgrounds. Some are trained in classical art and may have attended the very best art schools to learn painting history and technique, have then applied their talents to creating their fine art in stacking doll formats. Others may be self-taught hobbyists that create only a few sets in a year. The preparation time, uniqueness, detail and quality, much like in any art-form really dictates the the value, price, and collectability. Consider that each nesting doll creation at this level are much like an original painting done for display on a wall, except that there may be 10 or more original paintings in a set! Therefore, each artist may offer different themes or colors, and may prefer watercolors, oils, or other paints, and may become known and collectible for their unique nesting doll art.

Each art-quality nesting doll that is featured at the Russian American Company store in Sitka Alaska or on our website has been hand-selected, commissioned, and imported directly from the artists in Russia for over 20 years. Many of our artists create only a handful of these exquisite high-quality matryoshka dolls a year (and may supply them exclusively only to our store) and it is not unusual for the best of our artists to be in high demand. We specialize in art-quality nesting dolls and represent the very best of the matryoshka doll art form. If you are considering a limited edition or one-of-a-kind set to add to your collection or are interested in Russian made Alaskan themed dolls to give as a gift, please look over our ever-changing selection. We specialize in unique art-quality nesting dolls and represent the very best of the Russian stacking doll art form. If you are considering a one-of-a-kind museum quality set, we are proud to represent the best that Russia has to offer.

You can also visit Fort George anytime during February and find a tap list full of 2021 Matryoshka variations, cellared stouts, and a few one-offs brewed just for Stout Month. There will be hats, t-shirts, and hoodies available at the pub and online, all with the 2021 Stout Month logo, and limited gold Matryoshka glassware.

Forget the long lines of The Aftermath. Sales for Matryoshka variations start online Monday, February 1st for Lovell Auto Co. and Mug Club members. Bottles can be ordered for pick-up at Fort George (starting Saturday, February 6th) or with direct shipping to WA and OR addresses.

Starting Monday, February 8th, online Matryoshka sales will be open to the general public, once again with options for pick-up (starting Saturday, February 13th) or shipping to WA and OR addresses. Remaining Matryoshka bottles will be available at the pub starting February 13th.

This Imperial Coffee Stout collaboration hosted by Weathered Souls Brewing helped raise awareness about racial injustice in this country, and raised funds for organizations that support the Black community. Fort George and Buoy Beer took a portion of the batch brewed last year and aged it in local whiskey barrels from Adrift Distillery and Pilot House Distilling, then conditioned it on more freshly roasted coffee beans from Columbia River Coffee Roasters, right before bottling. Bottles can be purchased at the pub or the online store with delivery to WA & OR residences. 100% of the proceeds from this beer will go to Black Resilience Fund of Portland. 041b061a72


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