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Temari students have a ball at handicraft school

Three Shanghai Daily readers attended lessons of Temari weaving at Yun Handicraft School on May 1 and 2. 

Temari, which originated in China, are small balls wrapped in strings that form colorful patterns. 

Temari, which originated in China, are small balls wrapped in strings that form colorful patterns. In ancient times, they became popular among people in Japan, who would make and play with these craft objects on New Year’s Day. Nowadays, they are still prized in Japan for their exquisite patterns. There are thousands of Temari patterns, including the classic chrysanthemum design. 

Students sponsored by Shanghai Daily learned about the history and basic techniques of Temari at the beginning of their first class. After that, they put knowledge into practice. Each student got a cotton ball, several colored strings, scissors and tacks. They were taught how to wind their strings around the balls, upon which they created outlines of four-leaf clovers. 


Hou Jue, Shanghai Daily reader learns to make a Temari.

Shao Lan, who was once an executive at a Japanese company, was the teacher of the class. She sees crafting as a good activity to release pressure. Besides self-study, she also went to Japan to study Temari weaving from professional teachers. She hopes Temari can become better known among the Chinese people, since it originated in their country. 

The students were then taught to wind chrysanthemum patterns on their balls. After two days of study, some students were unable to complete their first designs. 

“This is a bit hard for those who have little experience, I think,” said a Shanghai Daily reader surnamed Hou. “A two-day class is still too short for us to make a finished product. But I will try to finish it at home, as the process of creating a Temari is really interesting and fantastic.” 

Yun Handicraft School

Yun Handicraft School provides courses in straw weaving, silk embroidery, Chinese painting, wood engraving, basket weaving, batik and wax dyeing, and more. It has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing. 

It was founded in 2013 by a woman who goes by the name of Eden Zhang. She graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a degree in finance and earned a Master’s degree in leisure and tourism from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. A strong advocate of the soothing power of handicrafts, Zhang also teaches at the school.


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