Kimekomi Hina dolls set of emperor and empress
Beautiful vintage set of two Hina dolls which represent the emperor and empress. This set is made in traditional Kimekomi style. The bodies of Kimekomi dolls are made of ‘toso‘, a paulownia wood sawdust mixed with wheat starch paste, the dolls are artfully covered with various silk woven fabrics. Each doll includes a separate stand base made of wood and fabric. Read more about the special Kimekomi technique on my About page. This set dates from around the 80’s and is in good vintage condition.
Each year on March 3 families in Japan celebrate Hina Matsuri, the Girls’ Festival. On this day Hina dolls are displayed in homes where girls live and special dishes are eaten. The displayed dolls represent the emperor, empress, ladies-in-waiting, ministers and musicians. Hina Matsuri is a celebration dedicated to girls, during which parents pray for the good health and happiness of their daughters. Around this time the peach trees are in bloom and that is why the festival is also called the Peach festival.
Material: Toso, gofun, silk, wood
Height emperor + stand: 18 cm
Height empress + stand: 16 cm
Size standard: W 15 cm | D 11 cm
Price as set: € 90,-
Excluding shipping costs
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Look at the pictures carefully to assess the condition of these vintage items. Read more about the making of Kimekomi dolls on my About page.