Daruma dolls are round, hollow, traditional Japanese figurines said to be modeled after Bodhidharma who founded Zen Buddhism around 6th century. The daruma dolls' eyes are blank at first: the owner paints one eye while making a wish and when the wish is fulfilled, competes the other eye. They are traditionally painted in red, the color believed to repel bad luck and bring in good fortune.
The daruma dolls have been made throughout Japan for centuries and each region has its characteristic designs. The daruma dolls we have here are made in Kounosu, located 30miles northwest of Tokyo. Kounosu daruma are made of a mixture of kiri (paulownia) sawdust and gluten based glue. This unique material was developed during the Edo period (17th to mid 19th century) when Kounosu thrived as a manufacturing center for kiri chests of drawers. Toy making was conceived as a way to upcycle an enormous amount of sawdust produced as a byproduct of furniture making.
Light and inexpensive, the daruma dolls were loved by children and parents who wished a healthy life for their offsprings and continue to be treasured today as a talisman for good luck.
- Medium H3¾" x W3¾" x D3½"
- Small H2⅜" x W2¼" x D2⅜"
- Each piece is handmade and measurements vary slightly
- Made of kiri (paulownia) sawdust and gluten based glue
- Medium daruma has a small bell inside the body
- 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
Headed by the 13th generation artisan, Tachiya has been handcrafting traditional Japanese dolls for over 150 years.