The World Of Tomo Dolls

All the dolls made by Tomo Studio have the faces and forms of young children, and those faces are the doll's most distinctive characteristics. They are also dressed in charming clothes. Each dolls is the product of carefully selected materials and technical skills, but the main reason they have captured the hearts of so many is the total image created by the maker. Central to this image is facial expression and clothing, and the sitting and standing positions that project a timeless image of an ideal child.

The image captured and expressed in these creations is also the product of their maker's awareness of the world these dolls will enter, the feelings of those who will look at them and enjoy them in their everyday lives and their memories of other dolls and kimonos they have loved so deeply.

The dolls produced by Tomo Studio include the so-called Ichimatsu dolls, those for the traditional Doll Festivals in March and May, and those in Western-style clothes. Each has the innocent face of a boy or girl. The uniquely patterned costumes of the traditional Japanese dolls are made of kimono fabric dating from the late Edo period (1600-1867) to the early Showa era (1926-1989). Their bodies range in size from twenty to sixty-four centimeters, and can be set in sitting or standing positions with a convincing sense of tranquil realism. The richness of expression, innocent gaze, natural-looking hair and eyes, and the individually and the refinement of the clothing are the product of superb traditional methods and materials combined with the maker’s unique vision.