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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Multicultural Matryoshka Dolls


As a recovering etsy addict, I can usually always find something (or 10 things) to covet and love on that site (e.g., girls’ dresses and skirts, knitted toddler hats, baby blankets, art for kids room, art for adult walls, etc.). I was excited to stumble upon this very cool, multicultural product for kids: matryoshka art prints and magnets by Amy Perrotti on She draws matryoshka dolls with different cultures featured. This is just a small sample of some of her work–it’s original, bright and fun. Can you find your culture?

There’s no Moroccan doll, which is not a critique as she features many diverse cultures, so I am going to rephrase that to say there’s no Moroccan doll yet.

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  1. CommentsAmy Perrotti   |  Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 3:39 am

    Thank you for the post! I can’t wait to explore this wonderful site. We adopted our daughter from China in 2001.

    I’ve been drawing my Matryoshka for 2 years now and I’m up to 50 illustrations and still drawing. I have a suggestions list I work from, it is located in the right hand column of my blog here:
    Good news, Moroccan has been suggested and isn’t very far down on my list! I can’t wait to draw her. I’ll let you know once she is complete. If your readers have any suggestions they can leave a comment on my blog and I will add it to my list.

    Also, I’d like to draw your readers attention to my latest Matryoshka. She is Nepalese and I’m donating 50% of the purchase price to the BlinkNow Foundation. Please go to the following link to see all my Nepalese Matryoshka prints and find out more:

    Thanks again!

  2. CommentsJustine Ickes   |  Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 11:10 am

    Great find, Stephanie! I remember getting a set of matryoshka dolls from my favorite aunt. She was always going on these exotic trips to places like Mongolia and China (this is back before China was the popular travel destination it is today) and bringing back cool souvenirs. Later, once I started working in international development, I remember seeing these dolls all over Central Asia with each doll representing a world leader, i.e. G.W.Bush nestled inside Clinton nestled inside Yeltsin, etc. They made for very non-partisan gifts LOL. Amy, I didn’t see Turkey listed on your suggestion list. Can you add that country? And have you ever thought of making male matryoshkas? Love your matryoshka gift boxes too.

  3. CommentsAmy Perrotti   |  Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Justine, thank you for your interest in my work! I have drawn a Turk Matryoshka. Here is a link to the prints:

    My Matryoshkas are always female, celebrating the feminine form, maternal nature of a nesting doll, and familial relationships of mothers, daughters, sisters, etc.


  4. CommentsAmy Perrotti   |  Thursday, 01 November 2012 at 3:46 am

    Hello, I can’t remember if I let you know that I drew my Moroccan Matryoshka. :)
    Thanks again for the post!

  5. CommentsThe Editors   |  Thursday, 01 November 2012 at 8:30 am

    Amy- she’s beautiful!! I am so excited you did a Moroccan one!

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