THE AC­CES­SORY KOKESHI DOLLS

You need th­ese Ja­panese lucky charms. Up­dated with fa­mil­iar faces, they’re the new must-have

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Orig­i­nally made hun­dreds of years ago as sou­venirs for vis­i­tors to hot springs in the To­hoku re­gion of north­ern Ja­pan, kokeshi dolls have been given a con­tem­po­rary up­date by Bri­tish artist Becky Kemp (aka Sketch.inc). In olden times they were re­garded as lucky charms and sported ki­monos and stylised head­dresses. They were beau­ti­fully hand-painted with fa­mil­iar Ja­panese sym­bols such as cherry blossom, wa­ter lilies and fish; Kemp’s de­signs for Dan­ish brand Lu­cie Kaas are stream­lined ver­sions with a de­cid­edly witty twist. Car­i­ca­tures of fa­mous art fig­ures such as Sal­vador Dalí and Frida Kahlo ( be­low) are among her cre­ations, which have quickly ac­quired a cult fol­low­ing. New dolls sell out quickly, so if you want one, move fast! From £28 each (sketch­inc.big­car­tel.com).

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