CROWNED DARUMA, 2017
A Daruma dolls is regarded as a talisman of good luck in Japanese culture.
Traditionally Darumas are made of papier-mâché, with a round and hollow shape weighted at the bottom. They are bought and gifted with blank eyes. The recipient draws one eye when setting a short-term goal, thus turning the Daruma into a reminder of the task ahead and a symbol of encouragement and perseverance. Once the goal has been achieved, the second eye is drawn.
Just after New Year’s Day, Darumas are taken to a temple and burnt in a traditional ceremony, while new ones are purchased for the new year.
The CROWNED DARUMA is Roberto Cambi’s own take on this lucky charm. The burning ceremony is replaced by lighting a candle positioned in the golden crown. This completes the cycle. The eyes are wiped clean and the Daruma is ready for another task.
The CROWNED DARUMA was part of the Home Lucky Mascots project for Fuorisalone 2017.