Japanese Temari Spheres

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Temari spheres, a craft brought to Japan from China in the seventh century, are hand-embroidered using bits of thread—often from old kimonos—which are carefully crafted into spherical balls (though they’re most certainly not meant for kicking around). A Flickr user recently discovered her grandmother’s collection of over 500 of the the folk art masterpieces, each revealing a unique geometric pattern with bold color contrasts.