July 15, 2008

Matryoshka Dolls

My mom brought these great nesting dolls from Moscow for Lara - and they were quite the big hit. Lara likes opening them up and saying, "Another one!" We did, however, have to confiscate the smaller ones (there are ten, and the innermost one is less than an inch tall!) because Lara's habit of chewing on stuff and the balsa-esque wood they are made out of don't mix too well.

I really love their super-traditional look, with those pink circle cheeks and garlands of roses. They are made exactly the way I remember from childhood, down to the fact that all of them are wearing these garland-aprons except the very smallest matryoshka, which is the baby and is thus drawn just swaddled in a yellow blanket.