Where Can I Find Kokeshi Dolls?
Kokeshi dolls are part of Japanese Folk Art. There are 11 different types of traditional kokeshi and each shape and pattern is particular to the area which they originate from.
The eleven types are Tsuchiyu, Toggatta, Yajiro, Naruko, Sakunami, Yamagata, Kijiyama, Nanbu, Tsugaru, Zao-takayu, and Hijioro. These eleven different types of traditional kokeshi dolls are also names of the areas which the dolls originate from.
They are usually turned on a lathe and handpainted or painted on the lathe. There are several types of wood used to make Kokeshi dolls, the most popular is camellia wood. Other varieties of wood include dogwood and cherry. It is common for them to have open or closed blooms of chrysanthemums painted on their body and their headdress. The bottom or back of the doll is usually marked with the signature of the doll maker.
The dolls are made by Kokeshi Artists known as Kiji-shi (which means woodworker in Japanese). The art of Kokeshi doll making is believed to have originated in the late Edo period around the early 1800’s in the hot springs area where they were sold to tourists visting the hot springs.
Kasasagi Japanese Antique Arts has a great selection of Kokeshi Dolls of different sizes and varieties. Please visit our Gallery at 53 High Street, Glen Iris or contact us on 0419 123 959 (Mobile phone in Australia) OR at kasasagi.com.au/contact-us/
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