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Russian Nesting Dolls

Nesting DollsRussian nesting dolls, also called matryoshka, are a collectible art form dating back more than 100 years. The first Russian nesting dolls were carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin and contained 8 pieces.

Nesting dolls are made from a single block of wood, leaving very little waste. The dolls are then hand pointed and nested inside one another. The figures separate in half to reveal smaller and smaller dolls inside.

Nesting DollsIn a traditional set of nesting dolls, each doll looks almost identical, but modern versions tend to have more of a unifying theme (such as animals) with each doll a different component to that theme. Matryoshka have become one of the most enduring symbols of Russian culture.

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Tartan Accessories from Scotland

Do you have Scottish, Irish, or Welsh heritage? Celebrate it with a tartan accessory from Europa! According to Scots History Online http://www.scotshistoryonline.co.uk/tartan-history.html, the earliest Scottish tartans date back to at least the 3rd century AD.

We have a great selection of ties, scarves, and golf hats in stock, and we can also order all kinds of things in your tartan, from throw blankets and tablecloths to wedding garters and kirkin’ banners!

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