Daruma dolls are traditional Japanese figurines said to be modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, and are believed to bring good luck to their owners. The daruma dolls' eyes are blank at first: the owner paints one eye while making a wish and fills the other eye when the wish is fulfilled.
They are made of a mixture of kiri (paulownia) sawdust and gluten-based glue. The unique material was developed when Kounosu thrived as a manufacturing center for kiri furniture chests. Toy making was conceived as a way to upcycle the large amounts of sawdust produced during furniture making.
- Medium: 3¾" (H) x 3¾" (W) x 3½" (D); has a small bell inside body
- Small: 2⅜" (H) x 2¼" (W) x 2⅜"(D)
- Each piece is handmade and measurements vary slightly
- Made of kiri (paulownia) sawdust and gluten based glue
- Red daruma has shiny finish all over the body
- Blue, green and yellow daruma have shiny finish on the face and matte finish on the body
- Made in Japan
Who Makes it
Tachiya has been handcrafting traditional Japanese dolls for over 150 years.