) balls are a folk art form that originated in China and was introduced to Japan around the century "Temari" means "hand ball" in Japanese. Embroidered balls may be used in handball games. (from Wikipedia)
Temari Balls - The Creation of a 88 Year Old Japanese. The amazing creations of a 88 year old japanese grandmother, practicing with talent the art of “Temari“, a Chinese art imported into Japan in the century.