In the traditional Nesting doll sets the number of dolls ranges from 5 to 30 and all of the dolls look almost identical to one another.
Or the costumes may be the same, but each Matryoshka may carry something different in her hands: from a loaf of bread (a symbol of welcome in Russia) and a bowl of salt (representing welcome and the family's offering of its wealth to guests - salt was once very rare), to flowers (often representing the cities where the dolls are crafted) and basket of strawberries (for the sweetness of the garden).
Later Nesting dolls craftsmen started to use a wider range of subject matter other than the traditional Russian woman/mother: Russian folk tales, seasons of the year, fairy tales, household pets, etc.
Although the artistic design and popularity of Russian stacking dolls has greatly evolved through the decades, the methods that are used to produce them haven't changed at all since 1890.
The process of making the dolls is very meticulous itself, and greatly relies on the wood turning skills of Russian craftsmen. Timber that is used to manufacture nesting dolls is cut down and stripped completely of its bark and stacked in piles in order to allow for air flow and proper conditioning of the wood.
A girl becomes a mom, a babushka, a grand babushka, and it goes on forever.
Through the years, nesting dolls have evolved to become a form of amazing folk art and a metaphorical representation of a multitude of other themes and motifs in Russian history and culture.Not only does she live to make grandchildren happy, but babushka is a mother of mom who also has a mom and babushka on her own.A (Russian nesting doll) – is not just a cute doll with a fancy name, but it also educates us where we come from and where we are going.The owner of Abramtsevo was Savva Mamontov – an industrialist who was a notable patron of the arts. Savva Mamontov's wife presented the dolls at the 1900 nesting doll.During the end of the 19 century, Russia experienced a zenith in the arts that was backed by the nobility, rich businessmen, and landowners. Some babushkas, or grandmothers tell their children that both men (Zvyozdochkin and Malutin) were divinely inspired to create such an ecclesiastic and refined work of art.As the production of nesting dolls spread across Russia, so did the styles that were used by artists to paint their dolls.