Temari originated in Japan in the seventh century AD. Te means "hand" and mari means "ball". At first the mari was made using old clothing, such as stockings and tights, and the geometric patterns decorating the ball were embroidered using silk thread. Temari was therefore reserved for the wealthiest social classes since only they were able to obtain the expensive materials required. The servants of the wives of the Samurai competed to show their skills at temari-making. During the long voyages to the lands of their future husbands, young Japanese brides-to-be also used a fine fingering technique to display their most beautiful embroidery.
Fashionable Temari earrings
mothers making and embroidering balls for their kids to play with as they sing nursery rhymes. In the twentieth century, temari gradually gave way to rubber balls, used purely as toys. However, even if a polystyrene ball has replaced the cloth one that formed the mari, the original art temari has been undergoing something of a revival over the past twenty years or so. There are numerous uses for temari and there is certainly no shortage of design ideas: jewellery, earrings, key rings, and etc.
Temari montage cuff bracelet
The colorful world of Temari Balls