Temari balls are a form of folk art that originated in China and were introduced to Japan in the 7th century. The carefully hand-embroidered balls, traditionally made from the silk of old kimonos were created by parents or grandparents and given to children on New Year’s day as special gift. Temari symbolise deep friendship and loyalty, and the brilliant colors and threads used are symbolic of wishing the recipient a brilliant and happy life. Traditionally, wishes of goodwill were written on small pieces of paper by the parent or grandparent and were wrapped up within the layers of silk threads, without the child knowing what was written.
This amazing collection of Temari created by an 88-year-old grandmother, who began practising the craft almost thirty years ago. Since then, she has created nearly 500 embroidered spheres of varying sizes, each with an incredibly intricate and beautiful geometric design.
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