Matryoshka Collection: #1 Miss Kitty

Monday, July 30

This is the first post in a series that I'm starting, sharing with you my Matryoshka doll collection. My mom started it for me while I was in High School. Every time we were in San Francisco we would stop by a small Russian import store, that sold these traditional nesting dolls exclusively. This tiny little shop located in Fisherman's Wharf was crowded with them, in all different sizes, designs, and themes. I would look into each of their delicately painted faces and be in awe of all the detailed work. Every following year, my mom would surprise me with a new doll on my birthday. I've never had a place to display them, so they've stayed hidden away, wrapped up in a box left in storage. Now that I have a place to call my own, I've taken them out and put them on a shelf, and I'm reminded of how uniquely beautiful each doll is. 

Currently, I'm up to nine dolls, each one ranging in size and quality. This is the first one I'd like to share because well, it's one of my favorites. Can you tell why?
I love this set specifically because of all the kitties. I also adore it because of it's traditional quality, being a peasant girl in a jumper dress. But, it's also quirky and non-traditional because she's not wearing the regular head scarf.
If you would like to learn more about Matryoshka dolls and their origin, go here.
Do any of you collect Matryoshka dolls? 


  1. Oh they are just precious!

    I have a set that my grandma bought me when she was in Russia years ago.


  2. Cute! What a unique thing to collect

  3. I am Russian and I live in Las Vegas. Just this summer while we were in Russia, I thought about starting my own collectin, but didn't find the one I liked. So I asked my mom in law to get me one for some occasion, that is more traditional. I love these things! And this one is sure beautiful! Can't wait to see more!

  4. i've actually got two sets, both given to me by my grandmother, and i love them to bits! now that i've seen your dolls, though, they pale in comparison...i need to get collecting seriously, apparently! i can't wait to see your collection and how you decide to display it. :)

  5. I love quirky little collections like this. These are darling!

  6. Gorgeous! My sister and I have a long standing obsession with Matryoshka dolls! Were both holidaying to San Francisco soon. Would love to know the name of the store if its still there?

  7. How cute are those little dolls?! I love the little kitties, too! :)

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  8. Would love to know what the shop at fishermans warf is called?

    1. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the store. And I honestly don't know if it exists anymore. It's just a distant memory now :(


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