How does it work?
The main purpose of these dolls is to help their owners to continue believing in their dreams
and to encourage them to achieve their goals.
It is not a coincidence they do not have pupils, this is actually the base of their use. When you set a goal to be achieved
during the year (whether professional, love, related to education...) you have to draw the left eye of your daruma only. With his single eye it will regularly remind you that you have a goal to reach and will encourage you to succeed
. Once the goal is reached you can draw the other eye. When you have a new target in your mind you can acquire a new model.
Main features and colors
Shapes and colors vary but the original Daruma is round, red with black and golden decorations
However there are other colors available, each corresponding to a specific type of wish:
- golden for wealth
- green for health
- pink for love
- white for balance or for a wedding
- black for protection from bad luck
The particular shape of the statue and its weight balance allow it to always get back straight whatever is its initial position. An old saying referring to these dolls is falls seven times, gets up eight times
Even today craftmen still follow the same processes for the traditional manufacturing
of daruma dolls.
After being crushed and boiled for a long time paper is mixed with a special adhesive and then placed in molds with the proper shape.
When the papier mache is dry the dolls go through a first painting process where they are completely covered with white.
They are then covered with a second layer of paint corresponding to the desired final color and the face of the statue is painted in white.
The next step is to add all the details such as the face and kanji on the belly.
The final step is the drying process where the dolls are put on top of bamboo sticks. Once dry, a paper patch is added at the bottom to cover the remaining hole.