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Recent activity167434 of 181787Beautiful doll I found in my parent's storage from my grandmother who lived in Japan.Best Christmas gift idea ever!
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Posted 6 years ago


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See my other post about trying to identify these. I know they about 70 years old according to my dad.

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  1. iamken iamken, 6 years ago
    These are Kinekomi dolls and the three pictured are part of Hinamatsuri ensemble.

    Kimekomi dolls are made of wood. The ancestors of Kimekomi dolls are the Kamo ("willow-wood") dolls, small dolls carved of willow and decorated with cloth scraps. Kimekomi refers to a method of making dolls. They start with a carved and/or molded base of wood, wood compo, or (in some modern dolls) plastic foam. A design of different patterned cloth scraps is planned out, and the base is grooved so that the edges of the cloth can be hidden in the grooves. The cloth is glued on and the edges tucked in. The head and hands (if any) of the doll are usually finished with gofun; the hair may be part of the molded head or be a separate wig. These dolls have become a very popular craft and kits with finished heads can be purchased. The method is also used by some of Japan's avant-garde dollmakers, who adapt the old materials to new visions.

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