Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kokeshi Dolls

For Christmas, Fox wrapped my present (which was this awesome book) in a yard of this fabric:

I think I am going to request fabric-wrapping from now on. So fun! The fabric above is Kokeshi doll fabric. Given my love of kokeshi dolls, it's so perfect that I don't want to cut it up. I don't know what to do with it! Any ideas?
Kokeshi dolls are traditional Japanese wooden dolls that evolved from this traditional style (Dento):

into today's "creative" style (Sousaku):

They are hugely popular with tourists. And myself. We made so many trips to so many temples while living in Japan. On every street heading up to a temple, there are several tourist shops just filled with Kokeshi. In fact, eBay is filled with Kokeshi. The same ones they sell in Japan for the same price (hint: future birthday presents!). I have a couple cute ones. However, I am on the search for an elusive pale-wood Kokeshi monk doll that I have only seen in a tiny shop located here. I can't even find a picture of it.
What I did find a picture of is this fabulous Kokeshi nativity set, which is on my wish-list:

Something about big heads on little bodies is just so cute!


Ryan and Heather Bartron said...

I want that book! What a neat idea. You will have to share all your new projects with us. Also, I found the blog "Make it and Love it" on your sidebar and I am hooked! She has so many neat projects for me to start and never finish! (They were actually in our ward in Idaho for a while).

Michelle said...

I love KOKESHI Dancers and you should try to check them out. :)


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