U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Sunday, February 1, 2009

My Russian Doll Collection

When the days are grey and the sun is somewhere behind the clouds, I like to look at my small Russian doll collection.

I brought them from Russia to give as souvenirs to my friends or my kids' friends, but I never could part with them. Instead, I take them to school whenever I'm asked to speak about Russia. Kids, especially girls, love them!


In December, I use the dolls for holiday arrangements to decorate the house for Christmas.

Each doll's dress represents a typical design for certain provinces. All the elements in a traditional Russian dress used to have special meaning. Most of the dresses were red or had red on some parts of it - collar, skirt, sleeves, belt, etc.

Red was the favorite color among some slavic nations. In old times, people believed that a red color could protect them from dangers, injures and diseases. Circles, crosses, siluettes of women figures and animals symbolized the sun, fertility, nature, etc. Curves meant water, while horizontal lines represented land, vertical lines - trees.

I love my dolls. Red, green, yellow, white, red, green, yellow.... I think I know why I love them. It's time to go to the garden!

***Copyright TatyanaS


  1. What beautiful dolls. I have never seen them before. Very loviley.

    Thanks for checking out my latest post. Thought of it last night when i got in bed. Of course!

  2. They are beautiful. I would keep them too.

  3. A nice collection with good memories!

  4. Those are such wonderful pieces to keep. I think I would have a hard time parting with any of them, as well! They are colorful & uplifting-just what we need this time of the year!

  5. They are very beautiful!

    Lucy Corrander

  6. I love your header photo of your home and garden.

  7. Oh my, these dolls are so exquisite, I couldn't part with them either. I can see the fascination of little girls ~ I would have loved them as a child (and even now!!). Interesting about the meanings of colors, lines, etc., for the dolls outfits. Red is one of my favorite colors too so I love that it's a dominant color.

  8. Thank you all for your comments! I'm glad you like these dolls.


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