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These little dolls made from fabric and they are often hung from mobiles for Hinamatsuri (Girls' Day) in Japan. They have many regional names, some of which, such as tsurushikazari, are difficult for the English speaker. As recommended by a Japanese friend, we chose Sagemon, which is from the Yanagawa area, as it is easier to remember in English.
Babies: Sarubobo & Tobibobo
This style of doll was used in maternity rooms by aristocrats for a safe delivery, healthy growth and to ward off sickness.
Saru translates as monkey, bobo is baby. The sarubobo crawls like a baby. Tobi means flying. By changing the head position the baby appears as if it is flying. As these dolls are also sometimes used as a substitute for the person, helping the owner three times, they traditionally have no faces.
This tool will enable you to accurately mark the fabric pieces to make the components for these sweet little dolls, including the Obi (belt), hat, and apron. Full instructions are included.