As time went the balls' stitching started to become less functional and more decorative until the balls evolved into the art form they are today. Which I think is a pretty cool thing. I use to have a bunch when I lived in Asia and would string them up like they do in the small photo above and turned them into kick-ass Christmas ornaments. However, now that all seems absurd and would cost a small fortune. I tried finding them stateside and they go for around $50 a piece. Um what? I should have stocked up while I was still living far east.
All the large photos of the Temari balls are via NanaAkua.