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"No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently."
— Agnes de Mille (1905–1993)

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 Kiva.org.
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 Kiva.org, 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 "Destiny is Made Known Silently" temari is a sculptural temari, intended to be displayed with the gold-outlined design at the top or facing forward. It features various kiku herringbone shapes. The thread wrap is ecru, with embroidery in matching ecru, and highlights in metallic gold. The quote above by Agnes de Mille is handwritten and embedded in the core, along with 27 small brass rings that make a lovely subtle rattle when the temari is gently shaken. You will receive the exact temari pictured: all Kumo Temari are one of a kind.

The round wooden display stand shown in the photos is included with purchase.
Photo four shows the bottom of the temari.

Diameter: 3 inches / just under 8 cm; weight: approximately 2.5 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 Kiva.org
• 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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Destiny is Made Known Silently - Japanese temari - free US shipping - home decor ornament - ecru white embroidery - 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: 4 people