A Collection Of Small Temari Balls — Japanese Thread Balls

$12.00

These small Temari Balls — Japanese Thread Balls are made in Vermont! and are approximately 2.25″ in diameter.

Each is individually handcrafted by the Artisan.  You may select you color choice in the drop down box.

Colors should be listed as if you were “reading” left to right from top to bottom.  As these are individually hand crafted and one of a kind, there may be another one similar but never count on a duplicate.

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Temari  balls are a folk art form that originated in China and was introduced to Japan around the 7th century A.D.”Temari” means “hand ball” in Japanese. Embroidered balls may be used in handball games.

Today, temari is considered a very special gift, to be presented on an auspicious occasion to a beloved friend or family member.

Historically, temari were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos. Pieces of silk fabric would be wadded up to form a ball, and then the wad would be wrapped with strips of fabric. As time passed, traditional temari became an art, with the functional stitching becoming more decorative and detailed, until the balls displayed intricate embroidery. With the introduction of rubber to Japan, the balls went from play toys to art objects, although mothers still make them for their children. Temari became an art and craft of the Japanese upper class and aristocracy, and noble women competed in creating increasingly beautiful and intricate objects..

Temari are highly valued and cherished gifts, symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty. Also, the brilliant colors and threads used are symbolic of wishing the recipient a brilliant and happy life.

We offer a nice selection of Temari Ornaments

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