Meaning 'old women' or 'grandmother', these dolls are a symbol of fertility and motherhood, representing the generations past and those to come. They are also known as nesting dolls, and originated around 1890 in a little village about 70kms outside of Moscow.
And while many of us have an instant picture in our minds when we read 'Babushka Doll', the correct name for these nesting dolls is actually Matryoshka dolls.
So, as mine is not actually a set of dolls in decreasing size that fit one inside the other, I will stick to calling this one a Babushka Doll...
The pattern once again comes from the Tilda range of patterns - Tone Finnanger is a marvel!