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Kusudama

Motif Information
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Rōmaji Kusudama
English Flower ball
Kanji 薬玉
Kana くすだま
Season Spring
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Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Man-made
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Kusudama (lit. medicine ball) were originally balls made with aromatic herbs, flowers, and streamers in the Heian period. The most common flower used in this period was ayame paired with the herb, yomogi (ヨモギ, mugwort).[1]

The real flowers were eventually replaced with embroidered flowers on sachets stuffed with herbs like chōji (cloves).

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Kusudama were originally highly associated with Boys' Day (May 5th), but have come to be more generally considered a pattern good for children and young women.[2]

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References

  1. Nitanai, Keiko. Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns. Tuttle Publishing, Vermont. 2017. p.35.
  2. Nitanai, Keiko. Kimono Design: An Introduction to Textiles and Patterns. Tuttle Publishing, Vermont. 2017. p.35.

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