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