If you have used Diana
later books you will have seen her "quilt balls".. and if you have any
the Japanese Temari books you may have some that show "fabric" temari.
Some designs may be done in temari methods that incorporate fabric
applique along with temari-making methods. But, there is another
category of decorated sphere unto its own, called Kimekomi. These are
not temari - they are worked in completely different manners, by
starting with a wooden (usually) ball, carving grooves into it in the
outline of the design and tucking fabric pieces in to create a
mosaic-like outcome. The craft of Kimekomi stands on its own as another
folk art of Japan.
"Kimekomi" means to "tuck in" in Japanese.
Cloth, usually made of
silk brocade with traditional Japanese design, is tucked (and
glued if needed, but orignally and traditionally, only tucked) into
carefully carved into (origionally) a doll body as a base. More
recently (relative to ancient Japanese history), the technique began to
be applied to spherical bases. The base is made of compacted
paulownia sawdust mixed with jute fiber
and glue, or sometimes carved from wood before the decorating process
begins. Kimekomi is not
temari, although some designs can appear to be similar in layout.
Sometimes the techniques are combined into one piece, but they are
separate and distinct folk art methods.
The origin of kimekomi dolls dates back to the
early 18th century.
Tadashige Takahashi, a priest at the Kamo Shrine in Kyoto, the capital
Japan at that time, created a doll body from scraps of willow wood
and covered it with left over brocades and silk scraps used for the
festivals. Those dolls were called Kamo dolls.
Crafts similar to kimekomi have come
and gone in popularity, including "quilt balls" that were a popular
simple craft not too long ago whereby fabric scraps were tucked into
Styrofoam balls to form designs.
Sue H. shares her knowledge and experience with us again....
"In regards to the non-thread
temari, you may have encountered a Kimekomi
version of these decorated balls... sort of a patchwork look of
and metallic threads. If the ball appears to be made of fabric
where the edges are "tucked" into groves following geometric patterns
the ball, then most likely it is of the Kimekomi variety. Kimekomi is a
recent) Japanese art form using a foam or wood-fiber base into which
cut thin groves in the desired pattern. Glue is placed into the
using various hand-carving wood-working tools. The fabric is
then cut leaving only a few millimeters that are carefully tucked into
grove. There is a similar Scandinavian version that includes
the grove with metallic braids and accenting the line intersections
beads and such. I have studied Kimekomi doll-making for many
Please contact me privately, and I'll be glad to share more of the in's
out's of Kimekomi." (webmaster's note - Sue also holds
Master Certification in Kimekomi Doll making in Japan....in addition to
her Temari Certification.)
If you are itnerested in more
about Kimekomi try http://www.juho-tougei.com/english/index.htm
In my perusing the web I came
a traditional Kimekomi ball that I've added to my collection - it does
job of illustrating all the points Sue highlights in her description.