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Three Old Temari

Written on October 15, 2011

Temari, literally “hand ball,” are gifts made for children.  Temari were originally made from left over yarn or string, both cotton and silk floss were used.A ball was created from wound threads.  Sometimes a written wish for the child was placed at the center of the ball, or other times some rice grains or a bell were the center of the ball, placed there to create a rattling or jingling noise, depending.  The pink and white ball shown here has a rattle center.These lovely old temari date to the 19th century.  The largest is the size of a grapefruit.


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