22 Jan 2014

Embroidered Temari Spheres

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There are so many things that I find amazing about this article.  The lady that created these intricate and beautiful mathematical patterns is a 92 year old Japanese Artist aka (Nana Akua) that has been creating these patterns since the 1960s.  It is only thanks to her Granddaughter, who recently posted this spherical art on flickr, that we get to see them.  It is estimated that she has a collection of over 500 pieces and has no intention of stopping.  The precision dexterity and imagination to come up with all these different designs proves that at 92 she has lost none of her faculties.  A brief description of the Temari Spheres is in the article.

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This Art form is thought to have originated in China and exported to Japan in the 7th Century.  It became part of the annual New Year tradition for grandparents and parents to stitch these balls from silk strands of old Kimonos and give them as presents to children and grandchildren.  Nana Akua proves that keeping your mind busy, will keep your brain intact and functioning through your life.

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