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I’ve always wondered how these exquisite dolls were made, and stumbled on this video, just now;

The clothing on the female dolls is called “junihitoe” or twelve-layered kimono, and the style is from the Heian period (794-1185 A.D. for Westerners)

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More information on the Doll Festival here;

http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/dictio/senshoku/hina.html

Some examples of life-size junihitoe;

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And in art (the first one is identified as Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji)

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