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This item sold on July 8, 2012.

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And that moment when the bird sings very close
To the music of what happens.
— Seamus Heaney (1939- )

This quotation is embedded in the core of the temari. Each temari is one of a kind.
$25 from this sale will be loaned through
Free Priority Mail shipping in the United States.

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Temari are handmade thread-wrapped and embroidered spheres that were first created as toys for children; they originated in China and were later brought to Japan — possibly by Buddhist monks. Over time temari have evolved into a highly-prized, exquisite form of folk art.

Temari are symbols of deep friendship and loyalty, cherished as gifts for auspicious occasions — birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, the new year and other new beginnings; they're meaningful gifts for for any occasion, or "just because." Imbued with the spirit of the careful hand of the maker, they are wonderful as a source of inspiration or an object for meditation & contemplation.

$25 from this purchase will be loaned to an individual or group through, a non-profit organization that connects people around the world and facilitates micro-finance lending to help alleviate poverty and give low-income individuals and groups the opportunity to create their own livelihoods.

This "The Music of What Happens" temari has a thread wrap in powder blue, with embroidery in 7 shades of browns, rust oranges, beige, and a light yellow The quote above from a poem by Seamus Heaney is handwritten and embedded in the core, along with 29 small brass rings that make a lovely subtle rattle when the temari is gently shaken. It features a design of five layered spindles at both top and bottom. You will receive the exact temari pictured: all Kumo Temari are one of a kind.

Individual wooden stands available for just $1:

Diameter: 3.5 inches / 9 cm; weight approximately: 3 ounces.
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Shipped internationally via USPS International First Class Mail
• Please note that I send packages within 1 to 3 business days.
• For any international purchase: if you are over-charged for shipping & handling, the overage will be refunded to you via PayPal after the actual shipping rate is determined.

Please see the Shop Policies page for information regarding:
• temari history, tradition, and construction
• what's unique about Kumo Temari, and the use of quotations in them
• loaning through
• my history on Etsy
• payment, shipping, gift shipping, expedited shipping, returns, new temari notification & more

Praise for Kumo Temari:
• "[Kumo Temari's] work is exquisite and she is very friendly and helpful. The work is precise and the colors are beautiful. I could not be more pleased with her excellent, prompt service."
• "they are all even more beautiful in person - thank so much for the info on the loans...what a great cause!"
• "Really, really beautiful. It arrived today and I can't stop picking it up and admiring it. Truly a work of art. I love it."

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The Music of What Happens - Japanese temari - free US shipping - home decor ornament - blue orange brown yellow - crafting for a cause


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: watercolor paper, brass rings, rice hulls, yarn, fabric, thread, cotton embroidery thread, perle cotton, metallic thread
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 90 reviews
  • Favorited by: 17 people

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