Embroidered Temari Balls

Embroidered temari, Japan. Embroidered temari, Japan. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 2013.0337.

Temari ('hand ball') balls form part of Japanese folk art. They seem to have originated in China and to have been introduced around the seventh century AD in Japan. They were originally made of strips of cloth, but over time they became more and more ornate, with decorative stitching replacing more functional stitching. In due course, temari showed the most intricate embroidery.

In Japan, temari are still regarded as a highly precious gift. Craftsmen train for many years to work the delicate embroidery. Mothers may make less intricate temari as a gift for their children.

Also known as gotenmari.

Wikipedia (retrieved 21 September 2016).

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 21 September 2016).

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