Top 10 Amazing Examples of Temari Balls

Today I saw someone at a craft show selling and making something I have never seen or heard of before, their craft was making Temari balls! These are traditional Japanese decorations often given as toys or good luck in the new year. So enjoy this top 10 of the best ones I can find then after that you will find the link to make your very own ones…

 


Top 10 Amazing Examples of Temari Balls

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Temari Balls


 

Green and Black Temari Ball
Green and Black Temari Ball

10 – Amazing green swirl effect

FACT: These craft balls are a folk art form that originated in China but was introduced to Japan around the 7th century A.D. But it has only been a mainstream craft for westerns for the last 50 years!

Orange and Black Temari Ball
Orange and Black Temari Ball

9 – Very traditional ball with an almost basketball effect.

FACT: These intricate design balls are often used in handball games like Dodgeball! With their thick outer shell, I would imagine they hurt a fair bit when hitting you.

Gold and Black Temari Ball
Gold and Black Temari Ball

8 – Simple but beautiful style.

FACT: Parents who give them to their children on New Year’s Day often place a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish written in them in the layer of the ball for their child to discover and read.

Orange and Black Halloween Temari Ball
Orange and Black Halloween Temari Ball

7 – Halloween / Spider effect

FACT: These days we can all try to make these decorative balls, but becoming a Temari artist in ancient Japan required specific training, and one was tested on one’s skills and technique before being acknowledged as a crafter of Temari, this would often take years!

Star Burst Effect Temari Ball
Star Burst Effect Temari Ball

6 – Sparkling effect ball

FACT: Not just a gift or toy, they are often thought to symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty from the person who made it to the person who receives it.

Orange and Green Zig Zag Temari Ball
Orange and Green Zig Zag Temari Ball

5 – Incredible modern style design

FACT: Because of the expensive materials used Temari ball art and craft was only for the Japanese upper class and aristocracy until only 260 years ago!

Multi-coloured Geometric Temari Ball
Multi-coloured Geometric Temari Ball

4 – With such amazing patterns, they look almost printed!

FACT: It is traditional for mothers to still make them for their children, but more and more fathers are doing it as a way to relax after work.

Green Water Mellon Effect Temari Ball
Green Water Mellon Effect Temari Ball

3 – Amazing Sunflower effect

FACT: True traditional Temari balls are made with 100% silk and nothing else. The inner ball was always just balls of rolled up silk as well.

Multi-Colored Hexagon Effect Temari Ball
Multi-Colored Hexagon Effect Temari Ball

2 – One of the Worlds very best examples and made by a 92-year-old Japanese woman!

FACT: Traditional Temari ball became an art only 500 years ago, with the functional stitching becoming more decorative and detailed.

3D Effect Temari Ball
3D Effect Temari Ball

1 –  The new and even more amazing 3D style!

FACT: Historically, Temari balls were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos the Japanese traditional garments.

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