toy

Diamond ball, ito-mari. Originally these were toys for a girl, also wedding gifts, a symbol of good luck. The ball is constructed of layers of different coloured threads, forming a geometric pattern, wound around a round core. The ground colour is red, with gold thread wound around it. The next layer is a band of purple and white around the equator, followed by green, pink, white and black and red, forming a star pattern on either hemisphere. It has a green suspension loop, and a white and orange tassel.

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