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Babushkas is a shop in Royal Arcade, Melbourne specialising in the sale of Russian nesting dolls.

A matryoshka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other.

The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood.

Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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