Higo Temari

Japanese Play Ball

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Item Number Ma002
Item Name Higo Temari S
Price 2,500 YEN
26 U.S.dollars 19 euros
weight About 20 g
Size About diameter 5.5cm
Includes Pedestal (made of felt)
Note

Because it is handmade article, color and pattern or size are different one by one.
Therefore, you will not be able to choose in advance the pattern and colors.
Please look forward to what design Temari will arrive.

Because it is a very sensitive product, please be careful when handling.
It made of yarn, so it can be damaged by a sharp object.
The deterioration fluffing when it use longer noticeable.
In addition, because it is ornamental, and is not suitable for play.

About the Higo Temari

Japanese Temari

Higo Temari is a folk art that has been produced in Kumamoto Prefecture (the old name is Higo) in Kyushu of Japan.
Temari (Mari) is a Japanese ball.
It has been popular as play equipment for a long time in Japan.
It was play with bouncing.
Currently, it's popular as ornaments from the beauty of its appearance.

Japanese Temari

Higo Temari is a Temari of ornamental that made with beautiful pattern and shiny colorful yarn.
Rolling cotton or yarns on wick and make a sphere by winding the yarn of beautiful and colorful.
By the winding method, geometric variety is appeared.
One by one are made by hand, of course.
Its creation technology has been passed down to Higo women from generation to generation.

Japanese Temari

Girls play with each other showed her own beautiful Temari.
Would have been made it one by one with wish the healthy growth of girls.
Seems to have been used Higo Temari also play with bouncing the old days.
Temari that used in very famous Temari-Uta (Ball play song) "Anta gata doko sa (Where are you from)" is said to be Higo Temari.

Japanese Temari
Anta gata doko sa ( Higo Temari Uta )

Anta gata doko sa
Higo sa
Higo doko sa
Kumamoto sa
Kumamoto doko sa
Senba sa

Where are you from?
From Higo
Where is Higo?
From Kumamoto
Where in Kumamoto?
From Senba

History of Temari

Japanese Temari

The origin of Temari is not clear but it is said to have been introduced from China in around AD 640.
In The Heian period(794-1185), used in Shinto Ritual etc. or used in to as plaything in aristocratic culture like Kemari.
In The Kamakura period(1185-1333), used in to as plaything in court nobles ( play as tossed up, instead of kicking like Kemari).
In the Edo period(1603-1868), gorgeous pattern came to be made by maidservant of samurai families because cotton was easier to get in the general public.
In the late Edo period, game called Mari-tsuki ( ball bouncing ) is appeared, and it was propagated to the general public.
And, Temari is came to be actively created in the main castle town in throughout Japan.
Then, it was used as plaything in New Year or as a decoration of Doll Festival.

Japanese Temari

In the Meiji period(1868-1912), Temari became go out of use along with the appearance of the Gomu-mari ( Rubber ball ).
However, production of Temari was continued while scale was small.
In 1968, Higo Temari club was established, and technology has come to be handed down in earnest.
Rustic beauty of the plant dyeing cotton yarn of Higo Mari is reviewed, evaluation is growing.

How to make Temari

Japanese Temari

Ingredients : rice husk or loofah, cotton, cotton thread, embroidery thread

  1. Make Core
    • make Core by round rice husk or dried loofah
  2. Make Groundwork
    • cover with a cotton wool to the core, and wind up cotton yarn
    • Fix the form while confirming the roundness, and make a ball of the base
  3. wind the base yarns
    • Put the base line mark of embroidery on groundwork and wind up all over evenly the base yarns
  4. darn for pattern
    • darn to the pattern by colorful glossy France yarn
Japanese Temari

Sew one by one needle is Mind-boggling work.
And, very time consuming so sitting for a long time.
When creating the groundwork, round and round evenly is very difficult.
skillful craftsman is adjust tension of the winding yarn by feel of hand.
Pattern to be generated indefinitely by arrangements of color or embroidery method.
Because It use the thread of French embroidery, color scheme of Temari is great and design is abundant.
Example, Higo Rokka (6 species great flowers in Kumamoto), Traditional pattern like cannabis leaf pattern, and craftsman each devised original pattern etc., Higo Temari have many kind pattern.
And, impression is very different by the color of yarn, even same pattern.
Determination of the color scheme is dependent on craftsman's sense and years of experience.