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Trend Alert: Non-Souvenir Matryoshka Dolls

As a kid, I always hoped to have a generous relative vacation in Russia, so I'd wind up with a set of Matryoska nesting dolls to play with. I still think the dolls are cute, inventive, and entertaining, but would like to rid my home of airport souvenirs. So, I've been happy to see the Matryoshka imagery and shape creatively re-envisioned as home accents and other furnishings.

The nesting dolls have inspired the imaginative designs of pillowcases, quilts, plates, dish cloths, piggy banks, chairs, and even vodka bottles! Possibly my favorite Matryoshka-inspired design is the Unasukin, an adorably cute little collectable Japanese doll that helps you make decisions by responding to your questions with a nod or shake of the head. Nod your head to the traditional Russian design by getting your hands on one of the products below.

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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
Loveeeee matryoshkas! There must be a store in Manhattan that sells a lot of them right? I wish I could find it...
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
too cute!
kendallina kendallina 8 years
My co-worker went to Russia for vacation and brought me back a nesting doll. It's perfect! I had always wanted one since I was a child.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
very cool - i never knew what they were called until now! i like the different takes on this classic set of dolls. the geeky ones are great!
Xemena Xemena 8 years
i still have a woden set of these dolls
emalove emalove 8 years
I have a set of the nesting dolls...it was something I always played with at my grandmother's house when I was little. When she died 7 years ago, I got to keep them as a memory of her, among other things. They're so cute and fascinated me as a child.
bellanatella bellanatella 8 years
So THAT'S what they're called. And that coin purse is from Fred Flare, no?
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 8 years
These are so cute!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I love these dolls and the ones posted here - I might have to purchase something ... :) Last summer, I went to Russia with my mom and we went to a factory that made these dolls and got to make our own - so much fun!
Random2 Random2 8 years
One of my old teachers collected Matryoshka dolls. One of the coolest sets was of Russian presidents, starting with Boris Yeltsin and working backwards. I keep hoping to find a set like that for myself, but the Ukrainian store here hasn't gotten one in yet.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Awww I lvoe Matryoshka Dolls!!! So my ethnic background!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think these are so cute. If I had one, that would be just it-one. I think having too many, even in other decor form can be overwhelming.
sgdish sgdish 8 years
Love the cute plates!
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