This nesting doll set is one of the most charming we have seen in our many years of selling matrioshkas. This matrioshka (Russian for nesting doll) comes from Belarus, a nation sandwiched between Poland and Russia. Belarus has always attempted to keep its own national identity, which is difficult to do when you share a long border with a powerful nation like Russia. In fact, Belarus (pronounced 'Byelarus') means "white russian." This doll, which is named after a city set on the western frontier of Belarus, displays traditional "white russian" dress. The colourful aprons that matrioshkas are famous for are here, rather muted. It is in the doll's vests that the sharp colours are found. Here, they contrast wonderfully with the simple, but elegant stylizations found in the blouses and scarves.