Kokeshi Dolls – Creative & Traditional

It didn’t take me long to discover that there are two kinds of Kokeshi: Creative and Traditional.

But it took a while and a bit of a learning curve to discover that Traditional was itself divided into many different styles.

This post isn’t to give you a long PhD dissertation on Kokeshi, ☺ but to give you a quick overview with a few examples so that you can at least tell the difference between the two major styles.

Take a look at the two traditional examples here

Traditional kokeshi doll

Traditional Kokeshi

The most noticeable differences between the two are the shape of the shoulders, the shape of the eyes (the one on the left has a single top eyelid, the one on the right has both  top and bottom eyelids), and the comparative size of the head to the body. Another difference is the oval shape of the body on the right compared to the concave body shape on the left.

Why they are different, is because of geography. In different areas of the country, the craftsmen follow the same ‘styles’ generation after generation, often in the same family even http://cialisviagras.com/female-cialis/. To the best of my knowledge, and I’m no expert, there are about a dozen different ‘traditional’ designs within the traditional style. And the different markers I have mentioned (and a few more like hairstyles and decorative flower design) are how you can identify which area the traditional Kokeshi doll came from.

Here are a some Creative Kokeshi:

Kokeshi dolls

Creative Kokeshi dolls

Here the craftsmen (perhaps even the same ones who have made the traditional Kokeshi above) have departed from the traditional patterns. There is alot more freedom in colors – they are not locked into the red, green and black and the artisans have gotten a lot more creative with the kimono designs.

But what all Kokeshi have in common, is that they are wood, turned on a lathe, and in my eyes, very beautiful dolls!