14 January 2012

The new year arrived...

The new year arrived
in utter simplicity —
and a deep blue sky
— Kobayashi Issa (1763–1827) 

                         ...and in the post this morning, arrived my beautiful temari.

Temari are handmade thread-wrapped and embroidered spheres that were 
first created as toys for children; they originated in China and were later 
brought to Japan. Over time temari have evolved into a highly-prized, 
exquisite form of folk art, symbols of deep friendship and loyalty, cherished as 
gifts for auspicious occasions especially  the new year or new beginnings. 
Imbued with the spirit of the maker, they are a wonderful source of inspiration 
or object for meditation and contemplation.www.etsy.com/shop/KumoTemari

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