Once a children’s plaything, Japanese temari balls have become a carefully crafted item of beauty, charming many with their elaborate woven designs.

With a history of well over a thousand years, the colorful balls of geometric thread designs have remained an icon of childhood, femininity and luck, and are still enjoyed by collectors and craftspeople alike.

Discover the origins of temari, how they are made, what they are used for, as well as a number of places to buy your own. See for yourself that temari are a lot more than your average ball of yarn!