Pastel Maidens. A vintage Brest matryoshka with blonde maidens that have many different colored shawl head coverings. Comes with the paper label in Russian. Near fine. 3½" in height. 1 only, as shown.
Refer to Collector's Guide to Nesting Dolls by Michele Lefkovitz, p. 24. She has a section on dolls from the Brest region with many pictures.
Brest (formerly Brest-Litovsk) is a city in Belarus at the border of Poland. Dolls from Brest were labeled "Made in the USSR" during the time Belarus was part of the USSR. For a long time, the Brest Matryoshka factory was quite the prolific production center for unusual matryoshkas. Their dolls use birch wood, instead of the more traditional, and softer, linden wood, and are painted in bright colors. Dolls can either be glossy lacquer or matte lacquer. Several significant importers, including Shelmar Imports of NJ, had a direct relationship with the factory and even helped to design some of the specialty dolls for the American market.