• Symbolism Of The Kusudama Ball & Clasped Hands Knot

    Are You Following Knotty Origami On Instagram?  

    If you are, you may have seen our recent post about the new Antique Gold Arrowhead Long Necklace and Kusudama Ball!

    There are some beautiful cultural symbols and stories behind these knotted and folded pieces which we thought would be fun to share!  More On The Clasped Hands Knot and The Kusudama Ball Can Be Found Below!



    The origami piece above is referred to as a "Kusudama Ball" and the name means "Medicine Ball" in Japanese.  Why "Medicine Ball"?  This design has roots as a paper-crafted potpourri or incense receptacle!   The name is actually a compound word deriving from the Japanese words, "Kusuri" for "Medicine" and "Tama" for "Ball.

    Origami enthusiasts and technicians know better than to refer to a Kusudama Ball as a "Modular" since these pieces actually require some kind of adhesive to bring the components made from several sheets of paper together.  This differs from modular origami, like many found in the Knotty Origami Folds Collection, that are fitted together, before being reinforced in wax or other hardeners, without the need of tape of glue.  

    You can see other examples of Kusudama Origami in the Knotty Origami Folds Collection Here and Here.

    Now, if we take a look at the Antique Gold Arrowhead Long Necklace and the recently added Plum Seed Pod Long Necklace, you might see why the knots in these pieces are called "Clasped Hand" Knots!


    The Clasped Hands Knot is a beautiful reminder of friendship and love with its coiled design reminiscent of two hands resting within one another!

    We hope that you enjoyed this post about the symbolism and history behind some of our favorite Knotted & Folded handcrafts!  Have a wonderful, beautiful week!

    ~  Tricia







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