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Anenome
« on: April 01, 2010 05:36:35 PM »

This is my attempt at a Japanese Bunka Doll...Bunka dolls were popular in Japan in the 1940s....Bunka translates as Culture....I think they were a Japanese take on American dolls



....but real Bunka dolls (not mine particularly) have a very Japanese look to them. There's a specific way of making them...I had to work it out from images in a Japanese craft book with slightly dodgy English instructions.

Here she is full length




I'm not totally happy with her...but I plan to try again! I made the pattern bigger than the original so my dimensions are a bit off. her features are painted with acrylics and her clothes are made from vintage pillowcases!
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2010 05:58:15 PM »

I love simple dolls with a bit of history!

You did a wonderful job...I especially think you got the round eyes correct!

Can't wait to see more!

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2010 06:00:42 PM »

Thank you Alwaysinmyroom...I want next time, to get her face bigger and her arms shorter! But still...practice makes perfect!
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2010 07:20:17 PM »

I recall that the head of the doll seemed much larger, a bit out of proportion...I remember wondering why a doll from Japan would have round eyes...I guess I know now--even when I went in 2004, I found dolls like this!  My niece wanted a Japanese baby doll and I could not find any except these!

Where did you find your book?
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010 11:29:58 PM »

Hi...yes it is strange...but I believe their is some fascination with rounded eyes in Japan...healthy or not they do make lovey dolls with them! I got the pattern (sort of) from someone's scan on Flickr...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/smazzlecreations/3894639117/

This kind lady uploaded all the relvant pages to her Flickr. It's from a Bunka group there.

I tried to mae mine with the actual measurements given...but the arms were a scant 2 and a half cm...and though I managed to cut them and sew them by hand, I could not turn them! So I made my own pattern...which I will now tweak!

Glad you liked my strange little effort though!
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