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Kusudama by Arleen Kusudama by Arleen
Kusudama originate from ancient Japanese culture, where they were used for incense and potpourri; possibly originally being actual bunches of flowers or herbs. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are now typically used as decorations, or as gifts.

It took ma around 26 hours to do - dye, starch and cut the textiles, fold the petals (around 200) and glue them onto a foam base. I've also made the tassel, because I couldn't find a right one.

Kusudama is around 6cm big,.

It's a February motif of kanzashi, quite elaborate.

I messed up the finish a tiny bit, but now I know how to avoid that :D
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OrigamiMadelineArt Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014  New member
It's a beautiful kusudama :) I will try it in the future ^^
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arielyiningloh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
O_O I make kusudama quite a bit, but this is kanzashi style, and only SIX CM?!?!??!?!?!

*face of absolute awe + shock + whatever other awestruck emotion you can think of*
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Arleen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, and it was bigger than I planned - bur they didn't have smaller foam balls.

Thank you for such kind words! I appreciate them very much (I suck at receiving complements which I really do appreciate, don't I?) :)
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arielyiningloh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
O_O BIGGER?!?!?!
*faints* XD

You're welcome. Good kanzashi artisans always have a place of high respect in me ^^
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Arleen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^^

I loved your kusudama, they are very elaborate!
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arielyiningloh Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
I have yet to try it using cloth though...thanks for the inspiration! ^^ <3
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icaroalmeida Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Wonderful ... Where can I learn how to make one of these?
Thank you.
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Arleen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, there isn't a place where you can - I fugured out how to make it mysef ^^

Thanks!
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CovenEye Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Wow, really lovely color
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InoNeko Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Student Artist
Wygląda naprawdę imponująco! Nie wiem, czy mi8ałabym cierpliwość składać coś takiego tyle godzin!
Tym bardziej więc podziwiam za upór! :D
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