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Japanese Temari


Wexler

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This is the thread I accidentally deleted yesterday!

 

These are Japanese temari.

 

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They are a traditional Japanese craft. Old kimonos are bunched up in to balls with strips of fabric sewn around them. Originally they were toys for children, but over time the stitching became more and more elaborate. Once rubber balls were introduced to Japan, temari embroidery developed in to an art form practiced by noble women.

 

The temari in this picture are all sewn by hand by an elderly Japanese woman. Her granddaughter photographed nearly 500 temari. You can see all of them here, many of them are mind-blowing.

 

I have no idea how long it takes to make each one, but I can only imagine how rewarding it would be. And how useful that skill could be in a crafty sense.

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Totally lovely!  Thanks for sharing those, Wexler!

 

I'm terrible at arts and crafts, so I think I'd be buying some from that old Japanese lady, if she takes custom orders!  LoL

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Hey cool, Wexler. They are really neat looking-the ones with faces are especially catching my eye, but all of the patterns are interesting to look at. Very pretty.

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