Beautiful Temari, A Traditional Japanese Folk Art Featuring Intricately Designed Thread-Wrapped Balls

Beautiful Temari, A Traditional Japanese Folk Art Featuring Intricately Designed Thread-Wrapped Balls

Temari has been a traditional Japanese folk art since about the seventh century, used as both a decoration and a child’s toy. You can read about the history of these beautiful balls at Temari.com and be sure to check out BBC’s recent profile of Fusako Aizawa, a Japanese Termari artist who took up making these Japanese craft balls at age 60.

Here are some of my favorite Aizawa’s Temari, photographed by her grand-daughter, NanaAkua:

Beautiful Temari, A Traditional Japanese Folk Art Featuring Intricately Designed Thread-Wrapped Balls

Beautiful Temari, A Traditional Japanese Folk Art Featuring Intricately Designed Thread-Wrapped Balls

Beautiful Temari, A Traditional Japanese Folk Art Featuring Intricately Designed Thread-Wrapped Balls

Beautiful Temari, A Traditional Japanese Folk Art Featuring Intricately Designed Thread-Wrapped Balls

See Aizawa’s whole collection on Flickr. You’ll also want to check out Ralitza Doneva-Koeva’s amazing work, it’s absolutely breathtaking …
 

Beautiful Temari, A Traditional Japanese Folk Art Featuring Intricately Designed Thread-Wrapped Balls

Thimble Ring and Flower Temari By Ralitza Doneva-Koeva





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