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Having begun in China and then introduced to Japan 500 to 600 years ago, temari is the ancient art of embroidering thread balls. Temari balls began as children’s toys but evolved into an art form as the silk stitching and designs became more intricate. With the introduction of cotton threads, temari was no longer exclusive to the aristocracy and the art of temari flourished. These treasured items are often given as gifts on special occasions and holidays to family and friends.

This temari is approximately 5 inches in diameter, wrapped in variegated purple thread with a woven band of white, grays, and black. The marking divisions are done in a beautiful silver metallic thread with finer filament accents. This design features an equatorial band known as an obi, named for the waist sash worn with a kimono.

If you would like, I can attach a free hanging loop. Other common display ideas are placement on candle holders, grouped in a clear glass vase or shallow woven bowls and plates.

Don’t see the temari of your dreams in the colors to match your décor? Please convo me about custom orders. I love a good challenge.

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Japanese Temari Ornament


  • Materials: metallic embroidery thread, cotton embroidery thread, varigated purple thread, yarn
  • Feedback: 39 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Michigan, United States