As something that appeals to a wide range of people, it's only natural there be a wide variety of styles of Russian Dolls to cater for varying tastes. As well as needing to appeal to a spectrum of different people, the style of Matryoshka Dolls also varies depending upon the personal style of the artist that paints them. This guarantees that there is a great choice of dolls available in the marketplace for the consumer, each with it's own unique theme. There are thousands of different painting designs available, however most of them will belong to one of the following themes:
Traditional The dolls that probably most people are familiar with. These are usually painted with the face of a female with a body painted with pretty floral patterns.
Animals Matryoshka dolls painted with the images of animals can go with a cartoon feel or, a realistic painted image (left).
Christmas Obviously popular during the winter months, Russian Dolls painted with a Christmas theme feature the paintings of anything traditionally associated with the festive season. For example, these Santa dolls.
Musicians For music fans they can find dolls of their favourite artist or band. For example, these sets of Beatles Russian Dolls are popular throughout the world.
Television and Films Russian Dolls featuring the images of iconic figures associated with television and film are widely available. These Charlie Chaplin dolls are an example of dolls from this genre.
Religion No matter what the religion, you're almost sure to find a Matryoshka Doll depicting something from yours. These Christian themed dolls are an example.
Political Especially popular during the Soviet era, political dolls are still some of the most popular available.
Sports Dolls featuring the images of sports people and events are easy to find. They are more prominent during high-profile events such as the world cup and Olympics.
I'm sure there are many other styles of Russian Dolls that are available to collect however, I think these cover the most popular themes. If you can think of some dolls that have not been covered or, would like to comment on this post then it would be great if you could share your thoughts and post a comment below.
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