Temari (hand ball in Japanese) are folk art balls that were introduced in to Japan from China around the 7th century AD. They were made using old kimonos that were formed into a ball and wrapped with strips of silk fabric. Over time these balls have become an art form with more elaborate and delicate embroidery covering the surface . Today Temari are made and given as gifts. I feel very lucky to have found these as they are hard to come by in Japan .They are exquiste objects and very festive !