These stunning embroidered balls called “temari” were made by the prodigiously nimble fingers of a 92-year-old grandmother (NanaAkua’s flickr) in Japan.
Temari, meaning “hand ball” in Japanese, are embroidered toy balls fashioned from the silk scraps of old kimonos. This traditional folk art originated in China and made its way to Japan some time in the 7th century. In Japan, the temari were highly regarded gifts given to children by their parents on New Year’s Day. These treasured toys were symbolic of a wish for the recipient to have good fortune and a happy life, as well as promising heartfelt friendship and loyalty.
Paper engineer Lydia Kasumi Shirreff combines her love of patterns, geometric shapes, and vibrant colors to create these gorgeous eye-catching pieces of sculptural art.