September 2016: Maiko Konami (Nakagishi Okiya) of Gion Kobu surrounded by very colorful and skillfully crafted temari balls.
Historically, temari balls were made from the remnants of old kimono to give children as a toy. Pieces of silk were wadded up until they fromed a ball and then strips of silk would be wrapped around it to keep it in shape.
Over time, making temari became an art, and the once solely functional stitching became very detailed and decorative.
Today, temari are mostly seen as art, not as toys. They make very valuable gifts, as they symbolize loyalty, friendship and the wish for a long and happy life.