Nesting Doll Information


History of Nesting Dolls

Nesting doll  originated in Japan, but became a traditional Russian folk souvenir when the first Russian sets were made in the 1890's.  The dolls became a popular Russian tradition after they were featured in a Russian exhibit at the 1900 World Fair in Paris. 

Japanese 7 Gods 1890's

Rooster Girl - first Matryoshka, 1890

Early Sergiev Posad
Read more here about The History of Nesting Dolls at Misha's excellent Russian Crafts site in Russia.

Nesting Doll Books

Recommended Nesting Doll Reference books:


Favorite Nesting Doll Shops:
Our All Time Favorite Nesting Doll Shops:
The Russian Shop - Maison Russe (Illinois)
Berta's The Doll Nest (California)

Scott's Nesting Doll Collections (Georgia)
Scott's Newsgroup (Yahoo Group membership)

Golden Cockerel nesting dolls (North Carolina)
Russian Legacy, Inc.

Other Nesting Doll Shops:
RusToys (Moscow)
Russian American Company (Alaska)
From Russia (Brooklyn, NY)
European Expressions
Kremlin Gifts
Mikhail's Russian Crafts

Most of our Nesting Dolls were bought on:
eBay - Nesting Doll Category
Find Nesting Dolls Online



More pages about Barb's Collection:

About Barb's Nesting Dolls

*NEW: Barb's Nesting Doll Photo Albums

Other Nesting Doll Collectors:
Isabelle in France - over 2,000 sets:

(Explore her Albums and pictures)
Corrie in Holland - over 600 sets:

(Explore her Matryoshka links at top of page)

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