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Japanese Hitty Maiko - Hand Carved Peg Jointed Wood Doll 6.25" By A&h For Sale
~~Meet Hitty (Maiko) Misako~~
I have hemmed and hawed over whether or not it is okay to call this little Japanese gal a Hitty or a Hitty friend. But it seems fair to me that there should be Hittys of all ethnicities so after much pondering, I have settled on Hitty. After all, she does share the same Hitty shape body and peg jointing :-)
Little Hitty Misako is a young Maiko (Geisha apprentice) and dressed as such. She wears a traditional kimono w/ the long furisode (sleeves) of a Maiko and the traditional Maiko style longer obi in back. While her hair style is elaborate, it’s not nearly as elaborate as a Geishas. She also wears traditional geta (wood sandals) and tabi (split toe socks.) The collar of her kimono has an added layer as traditionally most Geisha and Maiko often wore several kimonos layered one on top of the other. As Misako is such a tiny framed girl, it would have been too much to have two kimonos!
Her name – when I was in grade school one of my closest friends was named Misako. She was a lovely girl and I so enjoyed being invited over to her house for play dates. Her mother was a crafts person and she would always put together fun projects for us to create. Some were basic like origami but a favorite and one I’ll never forget, was gluing all the bones of a chicken back together to create a chicken skeleton. That probably sounds a bit bizarre but it was actually very fun and interesting – kind of like a 3D jigsaw puzzle! That said, I always thought I would become a veterinarian when I grew up so recreating the skeleton of a chicken was beyond fascinating……
Hitty Misako was hand carved from Bass wood by my husband/partner Ae and designed, dressed & painted by me, Holly. She stands 6.25 inches tall to the top of her head but her ornate head piece puts her just a hair over. I have hand stitched her kimono from very old silk which was taken from true Japanese kimonos. Her obi is made from the same though the salmon colored portion is vintage raw Thai silk. The obi snaps in the back but looks like a traditional Maiko tied wrap. I was lucky enough to obtain the beautiful fabric from a seamstress friend who was given several very old kimonos from a mutual Japanese friend. The silk is extremely soft and thin and just wonderful to the touch! As Misako is our first Japanese Hitty, we have numbered her #1. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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We ship via Registered First Class International mail. The cost is $13 and takes about 14 working days. We can also ship express mail which costs about $30 and takes 4 to 8 working days. Payment is expected w/in 2 days of the sale ending and we will ship w/in two working days. Our dolls come from a smoke free but dog loving home. That said, the poochie bellas are not allowed in the doll studio.
We get a lot of questions about us and our dolls. Ae and I have been collaborating on wood projects since 2004 and started making dolls for other people in 2008. In 2011, my dear friend Janice suggested that Ae and I make Hitty dolls and sell them on . To be honest, I had never heard of Hitty. I Googled a few photos and decided I really wasn’t crazy about that doll and we also weren’t used to making such tiny dolls. Janice convinced me I would at least like the book Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, so I read it. And she was right! I completely fell in love with Hitty. All I wanted to do was make Hitty dolls and take them traveling around the world and tell their tales. So that’s how we got started in the making of little dolls….
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Japanese Hitty Maiko - Hand Carved Peg Jointed Wood Doll 6.25" By A&h: $464