Sanuki Kagari Temari Preservation Society
The ""temari"" is a traditional toy (omocha) that has been played with in Japan since ancient times. Their beautiful geometric patterns are all handmade.
Once made as a plaything for princesses, temari quickly spread among the people and became an auspicious decoration for inviting luck and happiness into one's home. It was also a gift given to one's daughter when she was born in the hope that she would grow up healthy, and she would take it with her when she married as talisman against evil and symbol of happiness.
The making of temari with plant-dyed cotton thread almost died out following World War II, but was revived by the Sanuki Kagari Temari Preservation Society after about 30 years of research. The practice is now designated as one of Japan's National Traditional Crafts. Most of the artisans who make our temari are women living in Kagawa Prefecture. They not only make traditional temari, but also new designs that blend in with modern life.