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ORIVERSITY: LECTURES 05

'Flower's Ball'

'Flower's Ball'

Creator: Yuri Shumakov
6 sheest - 1997







Kusudama 'Autumn'

Kusudama 'Autumn'

Creator: Yuri Shumakov
6 sheest - 1998







'Sides of World'

'Sides of World'

Creator Yuri Shumakov
6 sheet - 1998







Kusudama 'Star'

Kusudama 'Star'

Traditional model
6 shees

Kusudama - Magic Spheres


KUSUDAMA (薬玉) is the Japanese word that stands for 'healing sphere', as 薬KUSU means 'healing herbs' and 玉TAMA (DAMA) – a ball, spherical shape. When the words 'KUSU' and 'TAMA' are combined, there is a change of the sound 'T' to 'D' and the word 'KUSUDAMA' results. Originally it was an ornamental scent bag, but now it is used generally to describe 'decorative paper ball' usually made in origami technique out of several modules connected together with or without glue to form a sphere

We can read notes about Kusudama in the Japanese literature of the 10th-11th centuries. For instance, in The Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) by Sei Shonagon, where she offers her observations and musings of court life during the 990s and early 1000s in Heian Japan, she also mentioned how they used Kusudama in so many ways…

Inside of these colorful pendant paper spheres were put aromatic herbs and they were hung up in sleeping rooms above the pillows and on curtains, believing that they protect people from illnesses and evil spirits. During the holiday, people were sauntered up with Kusudama attached to clothes: men attached them on their belts, and women decorated their sleeves with kusudama. Just imagine how they showed off!

On the seasonal holiday of the fifth day of the fifth moon in old Japan, Kusudama were acceptable gifts to give to each other. And they were used as charms or talismans to bring good fortune. Also on that seasonal holiday, people usually decorated rooms with Kusudama amulets and left them there until the next seasonal holiday called “the ninth day of the ninth moon” or “The Chrysanthemums Holiday” when kusudama balls were replaced by Chrysanthemum flowers. In modern Japan, May 5 (the fifth day of the fifth moon) is known as the Boy's Festival or the Children Day, and it still in their custom to use Kusudama as decorations.

Kusudama balls themselves used to be embellished with tassels from threads of different colors. Sometimes, Kusudama has been given as a birthday gift.

And presently Kusudama has not lost its delightful charm as well as its curative effect and still influences salutaryly on a mood of a person who made it or receives it as a gift or just contemplates it.

Along with traditional models of Kusudama, many new works have been created by contemporary authors. Very often six modules, each folded from paper in the pure origami style, are glued together to shape a ball, which is a very common technique for making Kusudama. Depending on a Kusudama design, its modules can be also sewed together or just attached with the help of clever paper locks without any glue. Kusudama designs can be made from numerous modules and in different shapes. But still 6-module designs have a certain charm with the balance of folding efforts and the elegance of the result.

You may put dried aromatic herbs into the Kusudama before you add the last module, so your delightful paper sphere will fill the place where it hangs with the herbal aroma.

Kusudama spheres are wonderful decorations, which able to bring a unique atmosphere into each home.

Katrin and Yuri Shumakov


'Flower's Kiss'

'Flower's Kiss'

Creator: Yuri Shumakov
6 sheest - 1997







Kusudama 'Nympha'

Kusudama 'Nympha'

Creator: Katrin Shumakov
6 sheest - 1997







'Sunflowers'

'Sunflowers'

Creator: Katrin Shumakov
7 sheets - 1998







'Bouquet of Roses'

Tea Rose

development of traditional
kusudama - 6 shees


 

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