Russian dolls, the analogies are many, motherhood and fertility with the mother welcoming all her children in it, the physical and psychological complexity of the human being, the interweaving of our planet in its system, its galaxy, its universe etc. What is the largest nesting doll? Russian dolls are both multiple, unique and complementary dolls. Just like the steps of an innovation process.
Imagine that the first of the matriochkas, the smallest, is your revolutionary idea, the one that sprouts in your head and only needs a spark to see the light of day. It’s so tiny that we could easily lose it. And yet we must take care of it, it is the heart of the process, the one without which the series cannot begin, or will never be full. Then put it in the second Russian doll, slightly larger. They fit together perfectly. This new matryoshka is hardly more developed, but it already contains more details: it’s your concept.
Loosen your doll-concept now in her big sister, the project stage. This doll is still gaining precision. We are only in the third matryoshka, and yet its size and shape already augur the breadth and scope of your innovation.
First three trundles then come to lodge in the following:
The realization: This is very important, both for the matriochkas series and for your innovation process. If the next and last of the matriochkas can be considered as “the final package”, the doll-realization will be the first to be discovered when we decide to interact with the series, to open the treasure box.
After the realization comes next the placing on the market, a round matryoshka, robust, complete. With its fine and numerous details, this last doll has been designed to please and convince. She is the promise of what she protects inside.
For many tourists, the “matryoshka” represents an indispensable souvenir of Russia. Few know that this multicolored trundle doll has its origins in Japan, before being closely linked to the country that has made its symbol. An exhibition in Moscow entitled The Matryoshka: Not a Simple Toy, which is being held at the Moscow Museum of Decorative Arts until September 13th, unveils the little known story of the Russian dolls.
Jovial peasants of the Tsarist era, workers and cosmonauts of the Soviet era, Lenin, Stalin or Vladimir Putin, even today the anti-Putin protesters of the Pussy Riot. These wooden dolls nested in each other have for more than a century mirrored all eras and continue to do so in souvenir shops and dedicated matryoshka stores such as nestingdolls.co. Virtually every Russian family has at least one matryoshka.
They are in different variations, sizes, colorings, formats. A huge opening day of Russian souvenirs and everyone is so cute! Matryoshka, so you know, one of the most popular goods in Europe. And in Prague there is a main wholesale warehouse, from where these wooden, covered with paints and varnish handicraft crafts fly all over the world. You met with the head of the company and learned from him a lot of interesting things, like how they are avoiding the use of PVC in dolls because of its adverse effects to humans.
Wooden greats sharpened his great-grandfather in the Nizhny Novgorod village, then the grandfather and father continued this business, and now Zhenya himself, having passed all the steps of the craft, settled in Prague and is promoting the most popular Russian souvenir on world markets. From here, from Wenceslas Square, his crafts begin to travel around countries and continents.
A good matryoshka is different in that:
All of her figures easily fit into each other; two parts of one nesting dolls fit snugly and do not hang out; the drawing is correct and clear; well, and, of course, a good matryoshka should be beautiful. The first nesting dolls were coated with wax, and they were coated with varnish when they became a children’s toy. The lacquer protected the paint, did not allow them to deteriorate so quickly, cut off, kept the color longer. The most interesting thing is that in the first matryoshka there was a burning out of the contours of the face and the costume. And even if the paint peeled off, what was done by burning remained for a long time.
Russian matryoshka: A real wonder of the world.
Present because it was and remains the creation of human hands. Wonder of the World because surprisingly the toy symbol of Russia moves around the world, not recognizing any distances, boundaries, or political regimes. It is believed that the Russian matryoshka was machined according to a sample brought from Japan. According to some information, the dolls appeared in Russia only after the Russian-Japanese war and the return of prisoners of war from Japan to Russia.
And finally, “Palekh”
It would be nice to remind here about the style of painting, which is no longer associated with dishes, but with jewelry storage boxes – it’s about so-called “Palekh” boxes or “Palekh” paintings: the name is associated with one of the villages located in Central Russia. Of course, these boxes are more used by women to store various kinds of precious jewelry. Paintings on caskets represent, as a rule, scenes from real life or famous plots of folklore.