Japanese Kimekomi Doll | Vintage Kimono Fashion Doll | Two Brothers | Edo Period
This Japanese handmade Kimekomi doll is made of wood and has been carefully hand painted to evoke the fond memories of children caring for their siblings. Both dolls are partially clothed in beautiful decorative fabric, both with silk hair representations. The body of the doll is made from toso, which is paulownia power mixed with wheat starch glue. The body is notched and the costume is fixed to the grooves. As shown in the images, one doll is on his knees and his brother is on his back, either coming from or going on a walk. The heads are delicately rendered with eyes, eyebrows, and facial expressions, (red lips), painted using sumi ink with a brush. The piece is in its original, excellent condition and measures 2-3/4” w x 3-0”d x 4-1/2”h.
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Japanese traditional dolls are known by the name Ningyo, which literally means human shape. It is said that Kimekomi dolls were first made by Tadashige Takahashi, who served for Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto over 260 years ago. Kimekomi dolls, “Ki” means wood, “Mekomi” refers to the construction. These small wooden dolls were clothed with leftover fabrics of Shinto priest’s robes or elaborate fabric remnants, with the edges of the fabric stuffed into narrow grooves cut into the doll. Most kimekomi dolls incorporated silk for their hair.