Enchanting Embroidery

temari

A Japanese woman recently photographed nearly 500 Temari spheres her 88-year-old grandmother embroidered over the last 20+ years. Originally crafted in China, the intricately embroidered folk art made its way to Japan in the 7th century. The thread of old kimonos is commonly used to construct the colorful spheres, which are often made by parents and grandparents and given to children on New Year’s day. Inside the balls, a child might find a bell or a note written to them by a relative.

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